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Climate Change Litigation: Regulatory Pathways to Cleaner Energy?

Examination of the regulatory effects of climate change litigation is relevant to readers who want to know about the real world impact of lawsuits which raise climate change issues
Looks at the direct and indirect regulatory effect in order to demonstrate how these lawsuits change corporate behaviour and public opinion
Considers both pro
and anti-regulatory litigation, thereby providing a balanced perspective on the role that courts are playing in climate change regulation

Series: Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law Volume: 116

By: Jacqueline Peel (Author), Hari Osofsky (Author)

376 pages, 2 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Apr 2015 | #217200 | ISBN-13: 9781107036062
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About this book

This examination of the role of litigation in addressing the problem of climate change focuses not only on how the massive and growing number of lawsuits influences regulation directly, but also on how the lawsuits shape corporate behaviour and public opinion. It provides readers with an understanding of how these lawsuits have shaped approaches to mitigation and adaptation, and have been used to try to force and to block regulation. There is a particular emphasis on lawsuits in the United States and Australia, the two jurisdictions which have had the most climate change litigation in the world, and the lessons provide broader insights into the role of courts in addressing climate change.


1. Why climate change litigation matters
2. Model for understanding litigation's regulatory impact
3. Litigation as a mitigation tool
4. Litigation as an adaptation tool
5. Corporate responses to litigation
6. Litigation's role in shaping social norms
7. Barriers to progress
8. The future of climate change litigation

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Jacqueline Peel is Professor of Law at Melbourne Law School, Australia, and an internationally recognised expert on climate change law. Her teaching and research interests lie in the areas of environmental law (domestic and international), risk regulation and the role of science, and climate change law.

Hari M. Osofsky is a Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota, where she is also the Director of the Energy Transition Lab and the Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science, and Technology. Her research focuses on energy transition and climate change.

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