TOPIC: The Role of Law in Regulating Carbon Dioxide Removal Approaches




Professors Wil Burns and Simon Nicholson

Co-Directors, Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy,

School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC


Professor Alexander Zahar

Wuhan University

People’s Republic of China



A special issue of the journal Climate Law on the role of international and domestic law in research and potential deployment of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) options is planned for late 2020. Original papers will be considered, not limited to the following topics pertinent to carbon dioxide removal approaches:

  • The role of the Paris Agreement;
  • The relevance of customary international law;
  • The potential role of human rights regimes;
  • Regulation of marine-based CDR options;
  • The relevance of international procedural regimes, including the Espoo and Aarhus Conventions;
  • Potentially pertinent domestic regulatory frameworks, especially those with comparative law relevance;


A two-day workshop to peer-review and refine the accepted papers will be held in the first half of 2020 at a university location in China (to be announced). Workshop attendance costs (consisting of hotel accommodation, all meals, and local transportation, but not domestic or international travel) for authors of articles selected for inclusion in the special issue will be covered by the Chinese host university. Papers by authors who cannot attend the workshop will undergo regular peer review by the journal.


Please submit your expression of interest as soon as possible.


Inquiries and expressions of interest: Wil Burns,; please cc: Alexander Zahar,; Simon Nicholson,

Deadline for abstracts: April 30, 2019

Decision on Commissioned Pieces: May 15, 2019

Deadline for full drafts: January 31, 2020