Defending the Planet Ep4: Climate Change in the Courts
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Strategic litigation has been effective in advancing civil rights and gender equality in the United States and privacy and human rights across Europe. Can lawsuits filed by environmental groups and activists around the world compel corporations and governments to curb carbon emissions? Was an important precedent set when a Dutch court ruled recently that Royal Dutch Shell must reduce its emissions significantly by the year 2030 and to net zero by the year 2050? Do judges have more power to combat climate change by enforcing existing laws or offering new interpretations of constitutional, human rights, and common law principles?
Michael Burger ’03, executive director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, and Peter Lehner ’84 of Earthjustice and a lecturer in law at Columbia Law join host Michael B. Gerrard to discuss new developments in climate-related litigation.
Courts | Environmental Law | Environmental Policy | Law | Litigation
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Gerrard, Michael B.; Burger, Michael; and Lehner, Peter, "Defending the Planet Ep4: Climate Change in the Courts" (2021). Defending the Planet. 5.