Are courts the new crucible for climate justice?

Date: 4 Jul 2019 9:15 am — 12:30 pm
Speaker(s):
Venue: Fawcett House (Formerly Tower 2), Room 9.04, London School of Economics, WC2A 2AZ

An examination of global trends & experiences

Organised by GLOBE International with Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment LSE, ClientEarth, E3G & the Asian Development Bank. Sponsored by Clyde & Co.

Across the world, courts have become a lightning rod for action on climate change, air pollution, environmental degradation, land rights and a host of related issues. Citing failure by the authorities, increasing numbers of individuals and communities from the USA to the Philippines are taking their grievances to the courts for redress. This event provides rare insights from prominent figures involved directly in landmark judgements and cases on climate change and air pollution reached in Pakistan, Brazil, the Netherlands, India and the UK, which are inspiring action elsewhere. It also reflects on the challenge to traditional politics and development models as the climate crisis unfolds.

8:30 – 9:15am
REGISTRATION

9:15 – 9:20am

WELCOME – Sam Fankhauser, Director, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment, LSE

9:20 – 9:30am

INTRODUCTON – Malini Mehra, CEO, GLOBE International

9:30am – 10:15am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
– Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, Supreme Court, Pakistan
– Raquel Dodge, Prosecutor General of the Republic of Brazil

10:15am –10:30am
Q&A

10:30am –11:00am

PANEL 1 – Overview of current climate litigation and future trends

Chair: Joana Setzer, Grantham Research Institute LSE
Nigel Brook, Clyde & Co.
Irum Ahsan, Principal Counsel, Asian Development Bank
Tessa Khan, Urgenda Foundation

11:00am –11:15am
Q&A

11:15 – 11:30am
COFFEE BREAK

11:30 – 12:00pm

PANEL 2 – Air Pollution: Litigation case studies from India & UK
Chair: Sumeet Lal, Clyde & Co.
Ritwick Dutta, Legal Initiative for Forests & Environment (LIFE), India
Katie Nield, Client Earth

12:00 – 12:15pm
Q&A

12:15 – 12:25pm

REFLECTIONS ON THE CHALLENGE TO POLITICS – Speaker to be confirmed

12:25-12:30

THANKS & CLOSE

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