PluriCourts Lunch Seminar: Causation in National and International Climate Change Litigation

Wednesday Lunch Seminar with PhD Candidate Meike Krakau

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At this Wednesday Lunch Seminar, PhD Candidate Meike Krakau (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) will present on Causation in National and International Climate Change Litigation


The complexity of climate change is increasingly confronting courts with mayor challenges. However, one of the main obstacles when it comes to climate change is the establishment of a continuous causal chain between a specific action – most frequently the emission of greenhouse gases - and a specific outcome. Issues thereby vary from the problem of so called causal overdetermination to the broad spatial and temporal sphere of climatic cause-effects relationships. The multitude of emitters and the wide range of climate influencing behavior including - among others - nature’s own climate variability poses a variety of obstacles likewise for plaintiffs and courts. The research project aims to address these issues based on a comprehensive approach to the cause-effect relationship in different national, regional and international jurisdictions.


For more information about the lunch, please contact Lara Marie Nicole Eguia


PluriCourts Lunch Seminars are a forum for pluridisciplinary discussion of core issues relating to international courts and tribunals. PluriCourts scholars or invited speakers present new and ongoing research or comment on current questions.

Published Aug. 11, 2022 11:31 AM - Last modified Oct. 19, 2022 10:26 AM