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Litigation increasingly features as a prominent factor driving governance of the climate crisis, as has been noted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its 6th Assessment Report (2022). It has proven to be a powerful tool for holding governments and corporate actors accountable for the damage caused by their historic emissions and their failure to make sufficient plans and policies towards decarbonization. At the same time, the visions of climate justice that are compatible with, and achievable through, litigation remain unclear.  This workshop examines how the positions and arguments of judges and the litigating parties in climate cases intersects with questions of justice and the resulting distribution of opportunities, burdens and risks.
Event details of Litigating Just Climate Futures
12 April 2023
09:00 -17:00

The workshop highlights the justice components of how, in the process of litigation, climate science and the epistemic authorities are presented. Furthermore, it seeks to identify the extent to which corporate power can be held accountable through litigation. Finally, the workshop considers how marginalized communities living on the frontlines of climate adaptation can (or cannot) participate in climate litigation. It aims to understand their associated experiences. With these contributions, the participants seek to better understand the promises and perils of litigation as a potentially transformative factor in climate governance.    

Organised by Christina Eckes (UvA) and Phillip Paiement (University of Tilburg). This event is supported by the Transformative Effects of Globalization in Law (TEGL) project.

Roeterseilandcampus - building A

Room A3.15
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam