Department of Political Science


Climate Change Litigation, Policy and Mobilization

12 April 2012

2.00pm - 5.30pm, Friday, 27 April 2012

Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London  SW1Y 5AH

Climate change

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues on the policy agenda  today and the courts are emerging as new “battlefields in climate fights”. Lawsuits addressing measures relevant to climate change, such as the expansion of airports, the reliance on coal-powered energy production and the destruction of the habitats of endangered species, are increasingly apparent on the dockets of both international and domestic courts. This series of panel discussions will bring together leading scholars and practitioners from around the globe to explore the extent of mobilization of the law to address climate change, the factors that contribute to a docket that includes climate lawsuits and the impact of climate change litigation on policy, corporate behaviour, media portrayals and public perceptions of the issue.


  • Professor Chris Hilson, University of Reading, Professor of Law and Editor Journal of Environmental Law
  • Dr Lisa Vanhala, University College London, School of Public Policy. British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Political Science

Academic participants include

  • Liz Fisher, Oxford University, Reader in Law
  • Graeme Hayes, Aston University and Sciences Po, Rennes, Senior Lecturer in French
  • Hari Osofsky, University of Minnesota, Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Geography
  • Jacqueline Peel, University of Melbourne, Professor of  Law
  • Lavanya Rajamani, New Delhi Centre for Policy Research, Professor of Environmental Law
  • Navraj Singh Ghaleigh, University of Edinburgh, Lecturer in Public Law
  • Gerd Winter, University of Bremen, Professor of Public Law, European Law and Sociology of Law
  • Sanja Bogojević, Lund University, Lecturer

The practitioner participants’ round table sessions, chaired by Conor Gearty (Professor of Law, LSE and Matrix Chambers) and Richard Macrory (Professor of Law, UCL and Brick Court Chambers), includes

  • Kate Harrison, Harrison Grant Solicitors
  • Peter Kellett, Environment Agency
  • Richard Lord, Brick Court Chambers
  • Gita Parihar, Friends of the Earth
  • Joss Saunders, Oxfam
  • Mike Schwarz, Bindmans LLP
  • Jasper Teulings, Greenpeace International
  • Niall Watson, WWF-UK
  • David Wolfe, Matrix Chambers

This event is open to all and free to attend, but advance registration is required. For further information please contact Dr Lisa Vanhala at l.vanhala@ucl.ac.uk