Climate Change Litigation: What is Happening and What May Be Coming
Michael Gerrard, Director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University
This webinar will summarize the various kinds of lawsuits that have been brought concerning climate change, and the sorts of lawsuits that are anticipated in the future. The most numerous cases concern the duties and powers of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal and state agencies to regulate greenhouse gases; disputes over the construction of new facilities, especially coal-fired power plants; and the liabilities of various parties. The role of scientists in these cases will be discussed. The focus will be on cases in the U.S. courts, but some cases outside the U.S. will also be mentioned.
Michael Gerrard is the director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University. Formerly the managing partner of the 110-lawyer New York office of Arnold & Porter LLP, Gerrard is the most prolific writer on environmental law in the United States. He has written or edited eleven books in the field, two of which were named best law book of the year by the American Association of Publishers. Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Environment Lawyers, based on 4,000 questionnaires, reported that he “received more personal nominations for this guide than any other lawyer in the world.” Gerrard has consistently been ranked as either the single leading environmental lawyer in New York or as tied for first.