Global Trends in Climate Litigation

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

In-person and online public event (Auditorium, Centre Building)


Laura Ford

Laura Ford

Sophie Marjanac

Sophie Marjanac

Dr Birsha Ohdedar

Dr Birsha Ohdedar

Professor Lauge Poulson & Dr Maria Antonia Tigre

Professor Lauge Poulson & Dr Maria Antonia Tigre

Catherine Higham & Dr Joana Setzer

Catherine Higham & Dr Joana Setzer

Report Authors


Professor Elizabeth Robinson

Professor Elizabeth Robinson

This event marks the launch of the Grantham Research Institute’s (GRI) 2023 Global Trends in Climate Change Litigation Policy Report, an annual report now in its fifth year. This influential report presents an overview of climate litigation, highlighting recent developments and future trends. The report is widely read and cited by civil society organisations, policymakers, the legal community, judges, financiers, scholars and media all around the world.

Over the past year, the climate litigation field has seen novel case strategies deployed against a broad array of government and corporate actors. Notable examples in the private sector include a world-first case brought against Shell's Board of Directors, as well as against a commercial bank. Three new cases have also been brought against Russia, Finland and Sweden, to challenge the inadequacy of their national climate plans more Increasingly a broad range of actors is compelled to understand how the litigation landscape is evolving and what risks litigation poses to their activities in the public and private spheres.

The event will be chaired by the Grantham Research Institute’s Director, Elizabeth Robinson, and will begin with a short presentation from authors Joana Setzer and Catherine Higham on the findings of the 2023 Global Trends in Climate Change Litigation report. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion, with five distinguished experts in the field. Panellists will react to the report and draw out key aspects from their own experience in the field.

Meet our speakers and chair

Laura Ford is a partner at DLA Piper and leads the firm’s Corporate Crime, Investigations & Compliance practice in the UK.

Catherine Higham (@CatherineHigha3) is a Policy Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and coordinates the Climate Change Laws of the World Project.

Sophie Marjanac (@SMarjanacCE) is the Climate Accountability Lead at ClientEarth.

Birsha Ohdedar (@birsha_o) is a Lecturer in Climate Change and Environmental Law and the Deputy Director of the Law, Environment and Development Centre at SOAS, University of London.

Lauge Poulson is a Professor of International Relations and Law and Deputy Head of Department of Political Science at UCL. 

Joana Setzer (@JoanaSetzer) is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and leads the Climate Change Laws of the World project.

Maria Antonia Tigre (@toniatigre) is the Global Climate Litigation Fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School.

Elizabeth Robinson (@EJZRobinson66) is the Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

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The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (@gri_lse) is a world-leading centre for policy-relevant research and training on climate change and the environment.

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