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Climate Change Litigation: Comparative and International Perspectives

Event | 16 January | London

Climate change litigation is increasingly being used as a tool to pressure governments to adopt more ambitious climate policies based on their national and international obligations, and to hold major GHG emitting corporations accountable for their share in exacerbating climate change. While the majority of climate change-related cases has been brought before national courts in the USA, the number of such cases is also rapidly increasing in Europe and other regions, including the Dutch Urgenda Case and significant cases in France, Brazil, India, Pakistan and South Africa. Together with the parallel strengthening of global climate activism, complaints have also been launched before regional courts and United Nations human rights bodies.

This event will discuss legal developments in the field of climate change from a comparative and international perspective focusing both on developments before national courts and those before regional courts and international human rights monitoring bodies. For each, we will explore the opportunities that have arisen and the challenges and constraints faced. Finally, the event will also consider the links between climate change litigation and other forms of climate change advocacy will be discussed.


  • The Rt Hon Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill, Kt, CVO, PC, Justice of The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
  • Sam Adelman, Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Warwick
  • Mónica Feria Tinta, Barrister, Twenty Essex
  • Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
  • Ingrid Gubbay, Counsel, Head of Human Rights and Environmental Law Litigation, Hausfeld & Co LLP
  • Tessa Khan, Co-Director, Climate Litigation Network, Urgenda Foundation
  • Birsha Ohdedar, Lecturer, School of Law & Human Rights Centre, University of Essex
  • Nigel Pleming QC, 39 Essex Chambers
  • Lavanya Rajamani, Professor of International Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, Yamani Fellow in Public International Law, St Peter's College, Oxford
  • Annalisa Savaresi, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law, University of Stirling, Director for Europe of the Global Network on Human Rights and the Environment
  • Joana Setzer, Research Fellow, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Marta Torre-Schaub, Director of Research, Sorbonne Law School, Director of the Climate Change and Law Research Network CLIMALEX
  • Marc Willers QC, Garden Court Chambers
  • Lisa Vanhala, Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University College London

Event convened by Ivano Alogna, Arthur Watts Research Fellow in Environmental and Climate Change Law; Christine Bakker, Visiting Fellow; and Jean-Pierre Gauci, Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and Director of Teaching and Training.