Climate Change Litigation and the Future of the International Climate Change Regime

The Society's 114th Annual Meeting—and first Virtual Annual Meeting—took place June 25–26, 2020. The 2020 Annual Meeting theme, "The Promise of International Law," was an opportunity to reflect on the successes and failures of international law, while reaffirming our commitment to achieving its promise of a more just and peaceful world.

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This panel will discuss two approaches for climate action: international law through the implementation of the Paris Agreement and transnational and domestic litigation. The panel will explore challenges and opportunities stemming from both approaches. It will also be an opportunity to discuss whether the current debate is too focused on climate change at the expense of other pressing global environmental (and non-environmental) challenges. Are we truly facing a climate emergency? If so, how can we pursue integrated governance approaches that build on effective regime interaction? If we are not experiencing a climate emergency, or if the latter should be understood in conjunction with other emergencies, what does this mean for international climate change law and transnational and domestic climate litigation?

Jolene Lin, National University of Singapore
Laura Shay Lynes, The Resilience Institute (TRI)
Daniel Magraw, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies SAIS
Hari Osofsky, Penn State Law and School of International Affairs
Francesco Sindico, University of Strathclyde Law School (Moderator)

(Speaker organizations are shown as of June 2020)