This half day event, taking place during COP26 in Glasgow, features leading experts in climate litigation and legislation. They will be addressing issues related to climate change legislation, litigation and the rule of law. The event will be of interest to practitioners, researchers, policymakers, civil society members and other stakeholders interested in better understanding key developments in climate litigation and legislation.

Sessions will provide timely insights on the following themes:

  • The relationship between climate change legislation and litigation
  • Cross-cutting themes and trends in domestic climate litigation
  • Climate change in international courts, commissions, committees and arbitration courts
  • Key elements of an effective legislative framework
  • Gauging the effectiveness of climate change litigation

The programme includes a lunch before the first session, and a reception follows the final session. Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance will also be formally announcing the launch of the Climate Change Litigation Initiative (C2LI) web-based platform during the event.

The event will build 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.


Agenda

12:00-1:00 – Lunch (in-person only)

1:00-1:15  (Level 1 Auditorium)

Welcome remarks, Francesco Sindico, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, and official launch of the Climate Change Litigation Initiative

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

First plenary: How can legislation and litigation help implement the Paris Agreement – COP26 and beyond

This session will be a high-level discussion about climate legislation and litigation, and how can legislation and litigation help implement the Paris Agreement

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

Speakers:

Ayman Cherkaoui, IUCN, World Commission on Environmental Law

Lord Deben, Committee on Climate Change

Tessa Khan, Uplift

Jolene Lin, National University of Singapore

Scott Fulton, Environmental Law Institute

3:00-4:30 – Parallel sessions

 Domestic litigation
Level 1 Auditorium
International & regional litigation
Conference Room #6
The role of legislation
FocusThis session will explore cross-cutting themes and trends in domestic climate litigation (i.e. human rights turn, the role of science, causation, political doctrine, etc.)This session will explore the extent to which international courts, commissions, committees and arbitration courts are well suited to deal with climate change.This session will explore 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.
ChairJoana Setzer
Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Francesco Sindico, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and GovernanceAlina Averchenkova,
Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and theEnvironment
DiscussantKorey Silverman-Roati,
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Lisa Vanhala
University College London
Tedd Moya Mose, Oxford University
SpeakersSarah 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
Solomon Yeo,
Pacific Island Students Fighting Climate Change

Wendy Miles 
QC, Twenty Essex 

Ingrid Gubbay
Hausfeld

Nikki Reisch,
Center for International Environmental Law 

Cesar Rodriguez Garavito, NYU School of Law
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
RapporteurKate McKenzieAmelia BurnetteKate Higham

5:00-6:30  (Level 1 Auditorium)

Second plenary: Effectiveness of Climate Change Litigation

This session reflects 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.

Chairs: Michael Mehling, University of Strathclyde

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

Speakers:

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

 

Reception to follow (in-person only)


Registration

This event will be in a hybrid format. 

  • Register to attend in person here.
  • Register to attend online here.

If you are unable to attend in person after registering, please cancel your registration, as space is limited.

Check back for complete programme details.

This event is organised by the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, in collaboration with the LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, and generously sponsored by the FILE Foundation.

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