Suing Corporations for Climate Change: The Promises and Pitfalls of Tort Law

A Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship held by Ekaterina Aristova, from 2022 to 2025.

Who should pay for climate change? Using tort-based litigation as a case study, my project critically examines how legal doctrines are evolving to hold corporations accountable for the climate change impacts of their operations. The research will involve an in-depth analysis of high-profile lawsuits from the US, the Netherlands, and New Zealand to explore normative foundations for the development of new corporate duties and evaluate theoretical and practical significance of human rights discourse for climate change governance. Adopting a comparative approach, the study will assess the feasibility of using English law to attribute climate-related harm to British fossil fuel companies.