COVID-19, Climate Change, and International Law

In common with global climate change, the current COVID-19 pandemic is at once a global and a local crisis. It has sped at shocking speed across the world prompting near unprecedented levels of global and local social disruption. The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated structural inequalities, disrupted local and global economies, challenged our ability to process and respond to science and scientific uncertainty, and revealed both the power and limitations of the rule law. The pandemic both intersects with and intensifies climate-related challenges. The webinar will explore the role of international law and organizations in responding to the pandemic and the deep inequalities it has exposed, and the implications of economic responses for climate mitigation and action.


  • Nadia Ahmad, Barry University School of Law
  • Cinnamon Carlarne, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, Moderator
  • Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli, Climate Law and Governance Centre, King’s College London
  • Daniel Farber, University of California Berkeley School of Law

This session was organized as part of ASIL’s Signature Topic on Climate Change.