Canadian Law Schools Must Do Their Part to Help Combat Climate Change

Policy Options (February 18, 2020)

5 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2021

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Ling Chen

McGill University, Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 6, 2020


The intensifying physical and socio-economic effects of climate change, mainstreamed by political debates and scientific evidence on anthropogenic disruptions to the global climate system, have motivated changing legislation, regulation, litigation, and institutions. But legal education is not keeping up; climate change has not yet been taught well and broadly in Canadian law schools. While a few schools have offered climate law courses, the majority have not done so in any systematic way. The unprecedentedly expanding demands from youth and students for aggressive climate action should call the attention of law schools to the roles they should play in combatting climate change.

Keywords: Climate change, Legal education, Legal profession, Climate law, Climate lawyer, Climate litigation, Interdisciplinary teaching and learning, transdisciplinarity, Canadian law schools, Imagining future legal education

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Chen, Ling, Canadian Law Schools Must Do Their Part to Help Combat Climate Change (January 6, 2020). Policy Options (February 18, 2020), Available at SSRN:

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