Issues in Climate Change Litigation
Melbourne Law School
May 15, 2012
Carbon and Climagte Law Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2011
U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 575
Climate change is an urgent environmental problem yet many governments have struggled to develop an effective national regulatory response. Instead, environmental advocates have turned increasingly to courts for a solution, mounting ambitious climate change cases in countries such as Australia and the United States, as well as under international law. This article examines several cross-cutting issues that present challenges for potential litigants across the broad spectrum of climate change litigation. They include problems of proof, of dealing with cumulative and indirect impacts, and of establishing a significant contribution to global warming, as well as issues surrounding the respective roles of courts and legislatures in developing a regulatory response to the problem of climate change.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: climate change, global warming, international law
JEL Classification: K00, K33
Date posted: May 16, 2012
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