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Global Perspectives on Corporate Climate Legal Tactics: Developing a Comparative Toolbox for Corporate Climate Litigation

Date: Thursday 17 November 2022

Time: 10.00 - 11.15 (UK time)

Venue: Online


Event Details

BIICL is delighted to launch a new landmark international research project on corporate climate litigation.

More than 2000 climate change litigation cases have been filed globally. Whilst the majority of these cases have been filed against States, climate change-related cases have also been filed against private actors, mostly fossil fuel and cement companies, major greenhouse gas emitters. Although there is a growing body of work analysing climate litigation from a comparative perspective, analysis of the peculiarities of cases involving corporate players has yet to receive the same rigorous analysis as those against states. This project will seek to redress the balance.

BIICL's new research project, Global Perspectives on Corporate Climate Legal Tactics will provide a Toolbox of the most effective best practices worldwide in terms of substantive and procedural legal provisions relevant to climate change cases, to be used as legal models by policy makers and legal practitioners. It will also act as an authoritative reference point for judges and other adjudicators, leading to more informed decisions and producing clearer precedents, thus offering an inspiration for corporate actors to raise their climate-related ambitions.

This webinar will discuss both the challenges and the potential of corporate climate litigation as a means to achieve carbon reduction and speed the transition to net zero, and will present the structure, intended use and need for this new comparative law research.

The project is supported by a Core Group of leading international experts drawn from science, the judiciary, legal practice and academia. The chair and speakers are all members of our expert core group.

Event convened by Dr Ivano Alogna, Research Leader in Environmental and Climate Change Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

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Ingrid Gubbay, Head of Human Rights and Environmental Law, Hausfeld, and Visiting Research Fellow at BIICL


  • Richard Lord KC, Barrister, Brick Court Chambers
  • Prof Dr Jacqueline Peel, Professor of Law, Melbourne Law School; Director of Melbourne Climate Futures, University of Melbourne
  • Prof Dr Jaap Spier, Former Advocate-General in the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, and Extraordinary Professor of Global Challenges, University of Stellenbosch

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This event offers the equivalent of 1 CPD hour.


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