Graham Sustainability Institute

Climate Change and the Law

Law 666

The Legal Response to a Rapidly Warming PlanetEvidence of human induced climate change and its seriousness is mounting.  Last year was the warmest on record, Arctic sea ice is melting at an accelerating rate, sea levels are rising faster than any time in the past 2800 years, and a storm in Fiji this year may have been the most powerful ever recorded.  Much of the legal focus on climate change has been on the international negotiations in Paris, which last year achieved an historic agreement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.  However, while the Paris Agreement set ambitious goals and provides a framework for national reporting and finance, much of the action will necessarily be within national and sub-national legal frameworks.  This course will draw on recent developments and consider legal issues such as the status of EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan; Exxon's liability for misleading investors about climate change; and implications of the Climate Change Task Force established by the Financial Stability Board.

Fall 2016