Scientists propose developing geoengineering technologies as an alternative means for responding to the risks of anthropogenic climate change. Discussions are growing amongst academics, stakeholder and policymakers as to how geoengineering technologies might best be governed. An underlying assumption stemming from scientific literature is that greater scientific research on geoengineering technologies is needed to focus and progress discussions on governance and that law will play at best a peripheral role. This article challenges this assumption by considering how the research of legal norms and mechanisms can constructively shape the governance of geoengineering. This article is a Précis for an upcoming special edition of this journal. As such, it provides an overview of proposed geoengineering technologies and introduces some key legal issues they raise. Further legal research is needed with regards to geoengineering technologies in order to better understand the potential of existing legal frameworks to contribute to future geoengineering governance and to bolster the normativity of law in broader geoengineering governance discussions.
* PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania, Australia.
*** Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania, Australia.
** Senior Lecturer in Climate Change, Marine, and Antarctic Law, Faculty of Law and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Australia.
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