This seminar is organised jointly with the Conflict of Laws Discussion Group


The world is currently on track to a temperature rise in excess of 3°C above pre-industrial levels in this century. It is running out of time to limit the global warming to a "safe" level.

In a bid to encourage more ambitious climate action, individuals and NGOs are taking emitters of greenhouse gases to the courts. A new wave of climate change litigation is gaining traction. One emerging trend is to sue "carbon majors" in civil actions and across borders. A crucial question for such international litigation is: Which law is applicable?

This presentation will explore the role of private international law in climate change litigation, and consider what it can (and should) do about the climate crisis.


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Please note that IECL discussion group meetings are normally open only to researchers affiliated with the IECL or members of the Oxford Law Faculty. If you have a special interest in one of the topics being discussed and would like to request being admitted to the event as an outside guest attendee, please get in touch with Professor Birke Häcker in advance of the meeting.

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