Climate change responsibility and liability in international law

Kirsten Schmalenbach, Julia Katharina Pleiel

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The recent past has seen a rise in litigation seeking to hold specific private and public actors liable for their contribution to and impacts of climate change, with a relatively low success rate. This highlights the need for further research into the reasonable and just distribution of responsibility for mitigation and adaptation. This book unites renowned researchers from various disciplines to explore the challenges and opportunities of assigning responsibility and liability for climate change to specific actors. Thereby, the importance of interdisciplinary scientific dialogue on climate change is strengthened, and a new generation of jurists is to be provided with novel arguments for protecting our climate system.
Translated title of the contributionVerantwortung und Haftung für den Klimawandel im internationalen Recht
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClimate Change, Responsibility and Liability
Editorso.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Monika Hinteregger, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gottfried Kirchengast, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Lukas Meyer, Ass.Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schnedl, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eva Schulev-Steindl, Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Karl Steininger, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Oliver C. Ruppel
PublisherNomos Verlag
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

Publication series

NameClimate Change Law and Governance I Droit et Gouvernance du Changement Climatique I Klimaschutzrecht und Governance


  • Climate Change
  • Ecological responsibility
  • Ecology
  • sustainable development
  • sustainability
  • Climate protection

Fields of Science and Technology Classification 2012

  • 505 Law

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