Global Climate Change
About this Course
The heat is on, in the courts as well as the biosphere. Frustrated with the slow governmental response to the growing menace of climate change, advocates are turning to the courts to goad agencies into action and to seek damages and injunctions against industrial sources of greenhouse gases (GHG). Climate litigation has brought together an intriguing coalition of states, environmentalists and "green" economic interests. Emboldened by the landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Massachusetts v EPA, federal courts across the country have handed down a number of important decisions with more to come. This course will review the various statutory and common law claims being tried, the kinds of remedies being sought, and the jurisdictional and evidentiary obstacles. We'll also examine other forms of advocacy including petitions to require disclosure of climate risks in SEC filings and shareholder actions. And we'll take a look at what's happening in other countries and what recourse is provided under international regimes.