Climate Change Liability

2019-2020
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Some claim climate change litigation to be the only strategy that holds
out any promise of being a magic bullet against climate change. Others
consider it a threat to an economic system we need in our transition to
carbon neutrality. Apart from these policy considerations, the course
will address the technicalities of climate litigation. Six leading
climate cases will be extensively discussed. In each case, a legal
doctrinal issue is singled out and elaborated on. As will become
apparent, climate change litigation essentially is a special branch of
tort law. In order to understand climate change litigation, we therefore
have to heavily draw on general tort law principles. The course thus
fosters not only our knowledge of climate change litigation in
particular, but also of tort law in general. The first and the last part
of the course deal with policy considerations. The parts in between deal
with specific cases of climate litigation and tort law concepts.

The course includes:
Part 1 Policy considerations; introduction
Part 2 Cases against companies
• New York vs BP et al
Standing and Jurisdiction
• Mileudefensie vs Shell
Negligence; what constitutes a tort?
• Lliuya vs RWE AG
Causation and proportionality; attribution science
Part 3 Cases against states
• Urgenda vs De Staat der Nederlanden
Human Rights
• Greenpeace Nordic Association vs Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and
energy
Trias Politica
Part 4 Policy considerations; conclusion

Onderwijsvorm

Lectures

Toetsvorm

Written exam

Algemene informatie

Vakcode R_ClimCL
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P4
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. J.L. Smeehuijzen
Examinator prof. dr. J.L. Smeehuijzen
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