Full Title: Global trends in climate change litigation: 2019 snapshot
Author(s): Joana Setzer and Rebecca Byrnes
Publisher(s): The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Publication Date: July 4, 2019
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Climate change litigation is increasingly viewed as a tool to influence policy outcomes and corporate behaviour. Strategic cases are designed to press national governments to be more ambitious on climate or to enforce existing legislation, while cases against major emitters seek compensation for loss and damage. Routine planning and regulatory cases are increasingly including climate change arguments, exposing courts to climate science and climate-related arguments even where incidental to the main claim.