It is now widely acknowledged that global heating poses an existential threat to humanity and that, as confirmed by the ongoing work of the IPCC, current global responses to it are inadequate and the window of opportunity to act decisively to address the crisis is finite. This workshop seeks to examine the contribution law and lawyers can make as a group and in concert with other disciplines, such as politics, engineering, science and business studies to promoting more realistic and efficacious climate governance.
To this end the workshop will examine a number of key themes, including -
• Recent developments in climate change law, focusing on:
- civil suits against oil majors in the US;
- shareholder fraud proceedings in New York;
- public law climate change challenges to national greenhouse reduction targets in the UK and the Netherlands; and
- climate change and human rights under the ECHR.
• Questions of global equity:
- how the Paris Agreement maps onto international human rights law;
- climate mitigation and energy access;
- climate change and shipping; and
- climate induced displacement and resettlement.
Contact: Simon Baughen (Email: S.J.Baughen@Swansea.ac.uk)