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If at first you don't succeed: suing corporations for climate change

Ganguly, Geetanjali, Setzer, Joana ORCID: 0000-0002-7705-7684 and Heyvaert, Veerle (2018) If at first you don't succeed: suing corporations for climate change. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. ISSN 0143-6503

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Identification Number: 10.1093/ojls/gqy029


This paper discusses the history and the future prospects of private climate litigation, which seeks to hold private entities legally accountable for climate change-related damage or threats of damage. It argues that, following failed attempts to clear judicial thresholds with regard to standing, proof of harm and causation, a new wave of private climate change lawsuits can be identified, and it is by no means doomed to failure. This is because climate change litigation takes place in a rapidly evolving scientific, discursive and constitutional context, which generates new opportunities for judges to rethink the interpretation of existing legal and evidentiary requirements and apply them in a way that will enhance the accountability of major private carbon producers. Moreover, even unsuccessful cases can contribute to articulating climate change as a legal and financial risk, which may help to guide climate change responsive adjudication in the longer term.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Law
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2018 15:42
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2024 20:00
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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