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The Internationalization of Climate Damages Litigation

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dc.contributor.author Byers, Michael
dc.contributor.author Franks, Kelsey
dc.contributor.author Gage, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-20T14:37:33Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-20T14:37:33Z
dc.date.issued 2017-07
dc.identifier.citation 7 Wash. J. Env. Law & Pol'y 264 (2017) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2160-4169
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1709
dc.description Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Volume 7, issue 2, July 2017 en_US
dc.description.abstract Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, University of British Columbia. Kelsey Franks, BCL/LLB Candidate, Faculty of Law, McGill University. Andrew Gage, LLB, Staff Counsel, West Coast Environmental Law. ABSTRACT: The annual global costs of climate change in 2010 were estimated at nearly $700 billion. As the costs continue to escalate, discussion is necessarily shifting to who should pay for mitigation and adaption. Many scholars argue that policy considerations and principles of tort law support holding greenhouse gas producers responsible for the costs of climate change. However, legal claims against greenhouse gas producers in the United States have thus far proven unsuccessful. This Article explores two previously overlooked potentialities that could significantly and rapidly alter the landscape for climate change litigation: (1) the emergence of transnational climate change litigation coupled with the possible enforcement of foreign judgments in U.S. courts; and (2) the enactment of legislation altering the rules around climate change liability. This Article then quantifies the contribution of major U.S. fossil fuel companies to the costs and damages of climate change to illustrate the potential financial impacts of successful litigation or legislative change. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle, WA: University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Article en_US
dc.title The Internationalization of Climate Damages Litigation en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2017 by Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. en_US

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