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As climate breakdown intensifies and effective solutions are sought, a new front has developed in the fight against global warming: lawsuits.

In the US, fueled by historical discoveries attesting to deceptive activities by fossil fuel producers, dozens of suits modeled after tobacco and opioid litigation have sprung up. In Europe and elsewhere, other suits seek to align corporate and government policies with the Paris Agreement. And in international courts, claimants seek action based in human rights principles. Climate litigation has the potential to hold obstructive companies and governments to account, compel decarbonization, compensate global warming’s victims, and further principles of equity and justice. In this talk, I’ll explore the drivers of climate litigation, the latest trends, potential future directions, and how researchers can contribute.

This event is organised by the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School.

Senior Research Fellow in Climate Litigation, Oxford Sustainable Law Programme

Dr Benjamin Franta is a Senior Research Fellow in Climate Litigation at the Oxford Sustainable Law Programme. His work focuses on applying rigorous research methods to practical challenges presented by climate change litigation around the world. His work has been published in numerous venues including Nature Climate Change, Global Environmental Change, The Guardian, and American Bar Association Trends, has been cited in the U.S. Congressional Record, and translated into 10 languages.

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