Cornell University

Berger Current Events Fall Colloquium: Climate Change Symposium

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 4:15pm to 6:00pm

Cornell Law School, Room G85 524 College Ave, Myron Taylor Hall

Climate change is a pressing problem of global importance. Responding to it requires the concerted efforts of scientists, engineers, policymakers, and citizens. Lawyers, too, have been deeply involved in the efforts to address global climate change. Cases have been filed in local, state, federal, foreign, international, and tribal courts. Plaintiffs have been individuals, NGOs, cities, states, tribes, and even children. Legal theories have been regulatory, statutory, constitutional, common law, and international law. What should we make of this tapestry of litigation? Does it matter who sues for what in which court? How does litigation relate to policymaking and to public opinion? This symposium hopes to consider these questions with input from lawyers working on climate litigation across its wide range of forms.