Are courts the new crucible for climate justice?
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
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
– Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, Supreme Court, Pakistan
– Raquel Dodge, Prosecutor General of the Republic of Brazil
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
11:15 – 11:30am
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
12:15 – 12:25pm
REFLECTIONS ON THE CHALLENGE TO POLITICS – Speaker to be confirmed
THANKS & CLOSE