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IBA Annual Litigation Forum 2022

27 Apr - 29 Apr 2022

Session information

Panel 3: Tort law: a viable instrument in climate change actions against corporates?


In the midst of a climate crisis, what part can the law play? This panel will explore the role that the law of tort, or extra-contractual obligations, can and should play in climate change actions against corporates. We will discuss a number of recent cases from across the world, which have had varying levels of success. Is there a difference in approach between common law and civil law jurisdictions? If the law of tort is not currently well suited to meet the challenge we face, how can and should the law change? What other private rights of action are available against corporates?

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Lucy Pert Hausfeld, London, England


Peter Chaffetz Chaffetz Lindsey, New York, New York, USA
Tim Cooke-Hurle Doughty Street Chambers, London, England
William Hooker Pallas Partners, London, England
Lucy Maxwell Urgenda Foundation, Zaandam, the Netherlands

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