Climate Change, the Courts, and the Paris Agreement

Date: September 26, 2018, 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Faculty House, Columbia University, New York

This event is free and open to the public, though registration is required.

In recent years citizens, sub-national governments and NGOs have turned to litigation to hold governments and corporations accountable for their contributions to climate change.  These lawsuits invoke a variety of legal theories and seek an array of remedies. They include efforts by cities to sue fossil fuel companies for damage from climate impacts, suits brought by children to force governments to adopt more aggressive climate policies, NGO campaigns to block or shut down fossil fuel infrastructure, and state, NGO, and fenceline community challenges to rollbacks of critical federal regulation.

This conference, co-hosted by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, will follow a parallel conference on the Global Pact for the Environment and the importance of a codified right to environment from 9:00am – 12:00pm in the same room. Lunch will be served between the two events.

This event is free and open to the public, though registration is required.

Speaker Include:

  • Susan Amron, Chief, Environmental Law Division, New York City Law Department
  • Abigail Dillen, Vice President of Litigation for Climate and Energy, Earthjustice
  • Cesár Rodríguez Garavito, Executive Director, Dejusticia
  • Vic Sher, Partner and Co-Founder, Sher Edling LLP
  • Lemuel Srolovic, Environmental Protection Bureau Chief, New York State Office of the Attorney General