Sea Level Rise, Radical Uncertainties and Decision-Maker's Liability: The European Coastal Airports Case

33 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2016

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Leonid Sorokin

Peoples' Friendship University of Russia

Gérard Mondello

Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis; University of Angers - French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Date Written: March 2, 2016

Abstract

Until now, most of the growing climate legal litigations mainly concern environmental associations or victims against energy of energy-users firms or States. However, in a near future, because of exacerbating sudden floods linked to climate change, future litigations could (will) concern infrastructure governance versus private companies. Indeed, sues would (will) concern the financial losses these last ones would (will) endure because the infrastructure managers did not make convenient protection choices in due time. This paper particularly investigates the case of coastal airports at the European level. It insists on the importance of climate scientists divergent opinions about the sea level rise and its consequences for decision-takers concerning their potential legal liability for negligence.

Keywords: Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, Flood, Airports, Transportation Infrastructures, Legal Liability, Uncertainty

JEL Classification: K32, Q54, R53

Suggested Citation

Sorokin, Leonid and Mondello, Gérard, Sea Level Rise, Radical Uncertainties and Decision-Maker's Liability: The European Coastal Airports Case (March 2, 2016). FEEM Working Paper No. 005.2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2740999 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2740999

Leonid Sorokin

Peoples' Friendship University of Russia ( email )

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Gérard Mondello (Contact Author)

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University of Angers - French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) ( email )

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