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Climate change litigation—a legal alternative to activism?

Climate change litigation—a legal alternative to activism?
Published on: 26 July 2019
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Climate change litigation—a legal alternative to activism?
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  • With climate change litigation increasing globally, could you provide a brief overview of the concept and highlight how it can be used to put pressure on governments and companies? Are there any interesting recent examples?
  • What are the most common legal grounds for a case to be brought against a government or a company? What is the impact of such action?
  • What do you believe will be the main consequences of the rise of climate change litigation? Is it a positive step or are there any concerns?
  • Is the legal route the best way of encouraging governments and companies to address the threat posed by climate change? For instance, in the UK, has recent activism not proved more successful than legal means in leading to changes in government policy?
  • Do you expect climate change litigation to change in the future? What trends should we expect and in relation to what particular environmental issues? Eg mandatory disclosures on climate change.

Article summary

Environment analysis: With climate change litigation increasing globally, albeit somewhat unevenly, Simon Tilling, partner and head of environmental law, and Stephen Lavington, associate and environmental law specialist at Burges Salmon, discuss the concept of climate change litigation and its impact on governments, companies and the legal world. Both Tilling and Lavington are part of Burges Salmon’s environmental law practice. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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