This half day event, took place during COP26 in Glasgow, featuring leading experts in climate litigation and legislation. They addressed issues related to climate change legislation, litigation and the rule of law.

The event built on discussions initiated during a two day series of events held in July as part of London Climate Action Week, during which panellists and audience members highlighted key outstanding questions regarding the critical role that law must play in ensuring the implementation of the Paris Agreement and advancing climate action. A synthesis report from the July events can be found here.

Audio recordings of most of the sessions are available below. Please note that this event was held in hybrid format and the quality of the audio files is varied.



Welcome remarksKathryn McKenzie, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, and official launch of the Climate Change Litigation Initiative – download presentation

1:15-2:30 (Level 1 Auditorium)

First plenary: How can legislation and litigation help implement the Paris Agreement – COP26 and beyond
High-level discussion about climate legislation and litigation, and how can legislation and litigation help implement the Paris Agreement

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Chair: Lord Carnwath, Former Justice of the UK Supreme Court


Ayman Cherkaoui, IUCN, World Commission on Environmental Law

Lord Deben, Committee on Climate Change

Tessa Khan, Uplift

Jolene Lin, National University of Singapore – download presentation

Sandra Nichols Thiam, Environmental Law Institute

Baroness Bryony Worthington, WWF

3:00-4:30 – Parallel sessions

Domestic litigation

This session explored cross-cutting themes and trends in domestic climate litigation (i.e. human rights turn, the role of science, causation, political doctrine, etc.)

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Chair: Joana Setzer, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Discussant: Korey Silverman-Roati, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law


Sarah Mead, World Commission on Environmental Law 

Melinda Janki, International lawyer, Counsel in Thomas v EPA, Guyana 

Suely Araújo, Climate Observatory, Brazil 

Nigel Brook, Clyde & Co 

Carrol Muffet, Center for International Environmental Law

International & regional litigation

This session explored the extent to which international courts, commissions, committees and arbitration courts are well suited to deal with climate change

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Chair: Lydia Omuko-Jung Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance

Discussant: Lisa Vanhala, University College London


Wendy Miles  QC, Twenty Essex 

Ingrid Gubbay, Hausfeld

Nikki Reisch, Center for International Environmental Law 

Cesar Rodriguez Garavito, NYU School of Law

The role of legislation

This session explored the importance and key elements of an effective legislative framework that translates commitments into domestic legislation, including a discussion of the emerging practice of Climate Constitutionalism.

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Chair: Alina Averchenkova, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Discussant: Tedd Moya Mose, Oxford University


MP Soyoung Lee, National Assembly (South Korea)

MP Agnes Mulder, House of Representatives (Netherlands)

Thomas L Muinzer, University of Aberdeen

Vesselina Harlampieva, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Ellie Gold, ClientEarth


Second plenary: Effectiveness of Climate Change Litigation

This session reflected on the impact of climate change litigation (both domestic and international) on the overall fight against climate change. How do we define effectiveness? What makes a case successful? Where are we going in the right direction? Where are we not? How does this wave of climate litigation fit with the implementation of the Paris Agreement? Before hearing from the speakers, conference rapporteurs from the parallel sessions will be asked to share how effectiveness was addressed in the specific session they attended.

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Chairs: Michael Mehling, University of Strathclyde

Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin, Justice of the High Court of Brazil


Christoph Schwarte, Legal Response Initiative

Alice Garton, Foundation for International Law and the Environment

Lisa Badum (Green Party), German Parliament (Bundestag)

Ellie Mulholland, The Chancery Lane Project

Hafijul Islam Khan, Centre for Climate Justice Bangladesh

Harro Van Asselt, University of Eastern Finland

Christina Voigt, IUCN, World Commission on Environmental Law


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