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The Role of Science in Climate Change Litigation

Date: 14-15 July 2021

Time: 13:00 - 17:30 (UK) / 14:00 - 18:30 (CET)

Venue: Online

This international workshop is jointly organised by Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSA), BIICL and the Center for Climate Change Studies and Sustainable Actions (3CSA)

Event Details

Six years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, and amidst new challenges posed by the Covid crisis, States' responses to climate change are still insufficient to keep the rise of global temperatures within acceptable and negotiated limits. Climate change litigation is rapidly spreading, with more than 1600 cases filed so far around the globe. Climate science often plays a crucial role in these cases, providing supporting evidence and helping to address issues such as 'attribution' and 'risk assessment'.

This Workshop aims to examine the current, and potential future role of science in climate litigation from both the legal and the scientific perspective. Such an interdisciplinary dialogue will contribute to improving participants' understanding of how science can help overcome current obstacles in climate change litigation, and how it can help courts to clarify existing legal obligations of States and private actors to prevent or respond to climate change. 

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This event is convened by Christine Bakker, Visiting Research Fellow, BIICL and Visiting Lecturer, SSSA; Ivano Alogna, Arthur Watts Research Fellow in Environmental and Climate Change Law, BIICL; Jean-Pierre Gauci, Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and Director of Teaching and Training, BIICL and Roberto Buizza, Professor of Physics, SSSA, and Director, 3CSA.

The workshop is integrated in the Seasonal School on Climate Change and International Law: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, 12-16 July 2021.

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If you missed any of the workshop sessions you can access recordings of each session here.

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This event is part of the "All4Climate - Italy 2021" Programme, promoting 2021 as the Year of Climate Ambition.

CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 9 CPD hours.


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