The Status of Climate Change Litigation: A Global Review

United Nations Environment Programme, May 2017; ISBN No: 978-92-807-3656-4

Columbia Public Law Research Paper

41 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2019

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Michael Burger

Columbia University - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Justin Gundlach

Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law

Date Written: May 23, 2017

Abstract

Over the last decade, laws codifying national and international responses to climate change have grown in number, specificity, and importance. As these laws have recognized new rights and created new duties, litigation seeking to challenge either their facial validity or their particular application has followed. So too has litigation aimed at pressing legislators and policymakers to be more ambitious and thorough in their approaches to climate change. In addition, litigation seeking to fill the gaps left by legislative and regulatory inaction has also continued. As a result, courts are adjudicating a growing number of disputes over actions — or inaction — related to climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Keywords: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, climate change litigation, international climate change law, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, UNEP report

Suggested Citation

Burger, Michael and Gundlach, Justin, The Status of Climate Change Litigation: A Global Review (May 23, 2017). United Nations Environment Programme, May 2017; ISBN No: 978-92-807-3656-4 ; Columbia Public Law Research Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3364568

Michael Burger (Contact Author)

Columbia University - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law ( email )

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Justin Gundlach

Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law ( email )

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139 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012
United States

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