Constructing a Private Climate Change Lawsuit Under English Law: A Comparative Perspective
The issue of tortious liability for harm caused by climate change has risen to some prominence in recent legal literature. However, except for a few U.S. cases, litigation in this area remains dormant in most jurisdictions. Now, in anticipation of the likelihood - and desirability - of such litigation, this ground-breaking study examines the extent to which a claim brought by a private, public, or quasi-public claimant against a private defendant (such as a producer of fossil fuels or major emitter of greenhouse gases) alleging climate change-related damage, and based on one or more causes of action under the English law of torts, can be pursued in the English Courts.
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The Phenomenon and Its Impacts
Estimating the Current and Future Impacts of Climate Change
The UK Perspective
The Aims of Litigation
The Systemic Constraints
Potential Opportunities for Climate Change Litigation
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