Milieudefensie et al. v. Shell: A Tipping Point in Climate Change Litigation against Corporations?

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Andreas Hösli Faculty of Law, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland,

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The District Court of The Hague’s decision in the matter of Milieudefensie et al. v. Shell, issued in May 2021, is an unprecedented ruling, holding a fossil-fuel company accountable for its alleged contribution to climate change. The decision provides ample opportunity to discuss climate change litigation against corporations, and the legal responsibility of such actors in the climate context more broadly.

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