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Climate change litigation efforts, as well as calls for companies to be held liable for knowingly contributing to climate change through past or future GHG emissions, are growing. Note that national and international climate policies and measures have their own Roadmaps, and are not included in the scope of this Roadmap. Nevertheless, there are major questions about the future of climate litigation, as well as the possibility that companies will be held liable for past GHG emissions.

  • Although recent court cases in The Netherlands and Germany suggest that litigation against governments for failing to adequately respond to climate change might be gaining ground, will that continue to be the case?
  • Is there any realistic possibility that climate change could emulate the course of tobacco litigation, with companies becoming liable for the current and future costs of climate change?
  • Will evolving “attribution science” have a signficant impact on climate change litigation outcomes?
  • Could the formalization of “Ecocide” in international law have a significant impact on climate change litigation outcomes?
  • Could the growing acceptance of the “necessity defense” lead to a surge of civil disobedience and potentially more direct disruptions of business activities on behalf of climate change mitigation?
  • How are companies using litigation to counter climate activism?

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  • The history of climate change litigation
  • The legal theories in play
  • International Ecocide law
  • Evolving attribution science and climate litigation
  • The evolving necessity defense
  • Business use of litigation to counter climate activism
  • The prospects for future climate litigation
  • Prospects for potential business liability
  • And much more

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