EU - a climate leader in the UN climate change negotiations?

Christina Judson

Student thesis: Termpaper


This project examines the leadership of the EU from the establishment of the UNFCCC in 1992 till the COP15 in 2009. The hypothesis state that the EU has been regarded a climate leader from the establishment of the UNFCCC and on, but lost reputation at the COP15 as it was confirmed that it was too weak to negotiate with present power states. The project analyse the leadership types in important incidents in the given period and discuss the legal and institutional impediments for the EU, based on the legal framework of the Lisbon Treaty. The theoretical framework is based on historical institutionalism and includes leadership theories as well as global environmental governance. The conclusion is based on the analysis as well as the theoretical framework and state that the EU climate leadership during COP15 was expressed by the lack of influence on the Copenhagen Accord for want of “hard power” as the “soft power” was unable to persuade powerful states.

EducationsEU-studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Basic
Publication date16 Jan 2013
SupervisorsHelene Dyrhauge


  • EU
  • international relations
  • Climate change
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • leadership
  • UN
  • Bali Action Map
  • negotiations
  • global environmental governance
  • power
  • COP15