Global Trends in Climate Litigation 2023: report launch
This event marked the launch of the Grantham Research Institute’s 2023 Global Trends in Climate Change Litigation report, an annual series 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 was chaired by the Grantham Research Institute’s Director, Professor Elizabeth Robinson, and began 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 was followed by a panel discussion, with five distinguished experts in the field: Birsha Ohdedar (SOAS), Lauge Poulsen (UCL), Maria Antonia Tigre (Columbia Law School), Laura Ford (DLA Piper) and Sophie Marjanac (ClientEarth).
Prof. Elizabeth Robinson (@EJZRobinson66) is the Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Prof. Lauge Poulsen is a Professor of International Relations and Law and Deputy Head of Department of Political Science at UCL.
Dr. Maria Antonia Tigre (@toniatigre) is the Global Climate Litigation Fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School.
Sophie Marjanac (@SMarjanacCE) is the Climate Accountability Lead at ClientEarth.
Laura Ford is a partner at DLA Piper and leads the firm’s Corporate Crime, Investigations & Compliance practice in the UK.
Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEClimateLitigation