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Tackling Climate Change Through Private Law: Comparative Insights and Prospects

Date: 31 January 2024

Time: 17.00 - 18.30 (UK time)

Venue: Online


Event Details

Climate change is currently the most important "super-wicked" problem faced by humankind, considering that time is running out, there is no central authority to tackle it and those seeking to end this problem are also causing it. Its great importance and critical role in nowadays global debate around public policies is clearly witnessed by an always more pervasive and complex climate governance at various levels. However, this governance - public in its essence - cannot be complete without the analysis of the increasingly pivotal role of Private Law, critical for tackling climate change.

Bringing together academics from different legal systems - who are also National Rapporteurs in the latest BIICL project to create a "Global Toolbox on Corporate Climate Litigation" - this webinar will offer comparative insights in this new and timely field, analysing the most relevant examples from France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK. This event will also provide the opportunity to learn about future prospects, both related to domestic legislation and litigation, in the various legal context analysed, keeping an eye to the novelty at the European and international levels.


  • Dr. Kim Bouwer, Assistant Professor, Durham University Law School
  • Prof. Elbert de Jong, Professor of Law, Economics and Governance, Utrecht University School of Law
  • Prof. Mathilde Hautereau-Boutonnet, Professor of Private Law and Researcher in Environmental Law, Aix-Marseille University, and BIICL Visiting Research Fellow
  • Dr. Sophia Schwemmer, Researcher, Institute for Foreign and International Private and Business Law, University of Heidelberg

Event convened by Dr Ivano Alogna, Research Leader in Environmental and Climate Change Law at BIICL and Prof. Duncan Fairgrieve, Senior Research Fellow in Comparative Law and Director of the Product Liability Forum at BIICL.

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 2 CPD hours.


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