JEAIL > Volume 6(2); 2013 > Student Contribution
Research Paper
Published online: November 30, 2013

Reasonable Suspicion: Gloomy Future of the Kyoto Protocol

Kelly Gieop Na
Dongguk University, Korea
College of Law, Dongguk Univ., Pil-dong 3-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea.
Corresponding Author:

ⓒ Copyright YIJUN Institute of International Law
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


About 25 years ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claimed that the greenhouse gases, in particular Carbon Dioxide, are mainly responsible for global warming and its adverse effects. The claim rapidly became an absolute and incontrovertible truth regardless of countless scientific counter-evidences. Such international trend was directed to a birth of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, the detailed norm to the Convention. Even to this very day, the "man-made climate change" operates as implicit prerequisite of continuing international climate conferences and international environmental law studies. The paper tries to introduce a viewpoint from the scientific skepticism towards man-made climate change and figure out the political calculations inside Kyoto Protocol. Through this, the author demonstrates that serious concern about the environment barely exists in current climate response system and attempts to adduce suggestions that should be made in future climate change conferences.

Keywords : Climate Change, Fossil Fuel, UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Global Warming, ETS, Common but Differentiated Responsibilities

View the Full Text