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The Ukraine Crisis: An International Law Perspective

by Thomas D. Grantvia Chatham House
Friday, July 11, 2014

This is a summary of an event organized jointly by the International Law Programme and the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House to analyse the international law issues that have arisen throughout the current Ukraine crisis. This summary outlines the main strands of discussion and analysis from the meeting.

Green Energy

For California's AB 32: Cap-and-Trade-and-Cash Back, Not Cap-and-Trade-and-Tax

by Jeremy Carl, David Fedorvia Analysis
Friday, February 7, 2014

The desire to protect the environment is a hallmark of the state and extends across the political spectrum. And given the environmental risk posed by global climate change, efforts to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and act as a model for jurisdictions elsewhere have now become a major part of California’s energy policy agenda.

More Simplicity, Less Charisma: Improving the Effectiveness, Cost, and Fairness of California's Climate Agenda

by Jeremy Carl, David Fedorvia Analysis
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

California needs to embrace the right regulatory tools for the right environmental problems if it is to accomplish its stated goals to both cost effectively reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and act as a policy model for others.

Revenue-Neutral Carbon Taxes in the Real World: Insights from British Columbia and Australia

by Jeremy Carl, David Fedorvia Analysis
Friday, December 21, 2012

While the scientific and economic implications of climate change remain highly contested, the idea of a net revenue-neutral tax on carbon dioxide emissions has been proposed by a number of economists from across the ideological spectrum as one possible way to help level the playing field among different sources of energy by accounting for the potential externalities of carbon emissions. At the same time other economists have criticized carbon pricing, both from the right and the left, as either a Utopian scheme inappropriate to address a global problem or as a band-aid that will not fundamentally limit carbon emissions. In a revenue-neutral carbon tax regime, all revenues generated from taxes on carbon emissions would be directly returned to the taxed economy through an equivalent reduction in other existing taxes or through direct payments to taxpayers. Depending on the particular structure utilized, these may be referred to as a “revenue-neutral carbon tax” or a “carbon tax shift/swap” or a “carbon fee and dividend”. What the arguments for such a policy structure, both pro and con, have often lacked is detailed analysis of the performance and design of revenue-neutral carbon taxes in the real world. This paper attempts to address that gap. It examines the revenue-recycling carbon pricing mechanisms already enacted in British Columbia and Australia in order to assess their approach and efficacy.

California's Electricity Policy Future: Beyond 2020

by Jeremy Carl, Dian Grueneichvia Analysis
Thursday, July 3, 2014

California has embarked upon an unprecedented effort to transform its electricity system. Whatever the specific challenges that the state may face in doing so between now and 2050 or even 2030, policymakers will be better equipped to address them with...

Emerging Threats: Out of the Loop: The Human-free Future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

by Shane Harrisvia Analysis
Sunday, January 19, 2014

As aircraft and weapons have become more precise, human beings have become less essential to the conduct of war. 

Emerging Threats: Invisible Threats

by Gabriella Blumvia Analysis
Sunday, January 19, 2014

Technology is progressing at record speed to produce insect-size robots (“spiders”) with lethal capabilities, potentially on a mass scale. 

Speaking the Law: Chapter 3

by Kenneth Anderson, Benjamin Wittesvia Analysis
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

In the third chapter the authors examine the involvement of the judiciary in defining detention authority, its non-involvement in targeting matters, Congress’s involvement in defining the rules for military commissions, its authorization for detention in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, and its restrictions on detainee transfers in that legislation.

Speaking the Law: Chapter 2

by Kenneth Anderson, Benjamin Wittesvia Analysis
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Anderson and Wittes evaluate the legal framework the government has described: Where is it strong? Where is it weak? Where does it need further development?

Speaking the Law: Chapter 1

by Kenneth Anderson, Benjamin Wittesvia Analysis
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The first chapter gives an account of what the administration has actually said across a range of critical national security legal questions.