Climate Change Litigation: Global Perspectives

This ground-breaking volume provides analyses from experts around the globe on the part played by national and international law, through legislation and the courts, in advancing efforts to tackle climate change, and what needs to be done in the future. Published under the auspices of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), the volume builds on an event convened at BIICL, which brought together academics, legal practitioners and NGO representatives. The volume offers not only the insights from that event, but also additional materials, sollicited to offer the reader a more complete picture of how climate change litigation is evolving in a global perspective, highlighting both opportunities, and constraints. The contributions span a wide range of national jurisdictions with examples from both the Global South and the Global North. In addition, the potentialities and limitations for climate change-related cases at the regional and international levels are addressed, ranging from regional human rights courts and United Nations Treaty Bodies to the International Court of Justice, the World Trade Organization, the International Criminal Court and international arbitration. The volume will be of interest to legal scholars and legal practitioners, policy makers as well as activists and all those who are seeking to achieve change for the better in this field.

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Ivano Alogna is the Arthur Watts Research Fellow in Environmental and Climate Change Law at BIICL and a PhD candidate at the Sorbonne Law School, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is member of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and of its Climate Change Specialist Group, as well as Expert of the ‘Environmental Law and Policy’ Commission, IUCN French Committee. He was the General Rapporteur of the Project ‘Global Pact for the Environment’ and is a licensed Attorney-at-Law at the Bars of Milan and Madrid. Ivano lectures Global Environmental Law (Paris 1), Climate Change Law (UCLy and UCO), Private Law (Paris 2) and Comparative Law.

Christine Bakker is a Visiting Professor at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa and a visiting research fellow at BIICL. Christine holds a PhD in public international law from the European University Institute, Florence, and her main areas of research are human rights law including children's rights, international environmental law and climate change. She has published widely in these fields and carried out research for the Unicef Innocenti Research Centre in Florence. Previously she was Adjunct Professor at LUISS University, Rome, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Rome-3, Research Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, and she has worked at the European Commission (DG Development).

Jean-Pierre Gauci is the Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and Director of Teaching and Training at BIICL and co-founder and co-director of The People for Change Foundation, a Malta based human rights organization. He is visiting lecturer in International Migration Law at the University of Malta. His research interests span migration and refugee law, human trafficking law and policy, climate change and the law of the sea. Jean-Pierre holds a PhD from King’s College London and a Doctor of Laws and Magister Juris in International Law from the University of Malta.