Global Trends in Climate Litigation

Hosted by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Online and in-person public event (Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building)


Michael Burger

Michael Burger

Anne Corrigan

Anne Corrigan

Ana Carolina Haliuc

Ana Carolina Haliuc

Kate Higham & Mark Odaga

Kate Higham & Mark Odaga

Dr Joana Setzer & Dr Roda Verheyen

Dr Joana Setzer & Dr Roda Verheyen


Professor Conor Gearty

Professor Conor Gearty


Lord Carnwath

This event will mark the launch of the Grantham Research Institute’s 2022 Global Trends in Climate Change Litigation Policy Report.

This annual report – which has been published regularly since 2017 – provides an overview of the state of the art of climate litigation and highlights recent developments and recommendations for action. The event will begin with a short presentation from authors Joana Setzer and Catherine Higham on the findings of the Grantham Research Institute’s 2022 Global Trends in Climate Change Litigation Policy Report. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion, with five distinguished experts in the field.

Panellists will be asked to react to the report and to draw out key aspects from their own experience in the field. The report is based on data in the Climate Change Laws of the World database which has a user base of nearly 200,000 users a year. Users include policy-makers from national legislatures, environment ministries, and central banks among many others.

Meet our speakers and chair

Michael Burger is the Executive Director of Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. As Executive Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Michael leads a dynamic team that is at the forefront of domestic and international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote climate change adaptation through pollution control, resource management, land use planning and green finance. 

Anne Corrigan is Deputy Head of Legal at the Bank of England.

Ana Carolina Haliuc is a Federal Prosecutor of Brazil. Her work focuses on contextualizing environmental crimes and climate protection in relation to other crimes, such as fraud, land grabbing, and money laundering.

Kate Higham (@CatherineHigha3) coordinates the Climate Change Laws of the World project. She joined the Grantham Research Institute at LSE after nearly a decade of policy and advocacy work in the not for profit sector.

Mark Odaga is Senior Programme Manager at Natural Justice, Nairobi Hub. He provides strategic advice on and supports litigation across the different programme areas. In addition to policy and legal reform advocacy, he also assists in providing technical and legal advice to partners, affected communities and other stakeholders.

Joana Setzer (@JoanaSetzer) is Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, at LSE. Her main areas of expertise are climate litigation and global environmental governance. Since 2013 she has been involved, and since 2020 she leads the Grantham Research Institute’s Climate Change Laws of the World project – the most comprehensive global resource on climate policy, legislation and litigation.

Roda Verheyen is a partner at the firm Gunther & Partner and is a leading litigator in the field of climate litigation.

Conor Gearty (@conorgearty) is Professor in Human Rights Law in the LSE Law Department.

Robert Carnwath is a former Justice of the UK Supreme Court and Visiting Professor in Practice at the Grantham Research Institute.

More about this event

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (@GRI_LSE) was established by the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2008 to create a world-leading centre for policy-relevant research and training on climate change and the environment, bringing together international expertise on economics, finance, geography, the environment, international development and political economy.

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