Climate Change Conference

18 May
14:00 - 18:00


This half-day conference will provide a unique opportunity to hear from a range of experts working in the field of climate change and international law. Sessions will include discussions about climate change in commercial disputes, greenwashing, implications for directors’ duties, insurance coverage, how climate change is currently being addressed in international courts and legal issues relating to aviation.


2:00pm: Registrations

2:15pm: Introduction: Impact of climate change on the litigation landscape and new challenges for solicitors
This introductory session will set the framework for the sessions that follow and report on the recently published Law Society’s Guidance ‘The impact of climate change on solicitors’ .
Speaker: Valerie Kenyon

Session 1: Climate change in commercial disputes: implications for directors’ duties, insurance coverage and greenwashing claims
In this session the speakers will explore how climate change is impacting directing duties and insurance coverage, as well as the prospects for product and corporate related greenwashing claims.
Moderator: Lucy Ward
Speakers: Edward Brown KCDavid Scorey KCRichard Hoyle and Jackie McArthur 

Session 2: Using International law in climate change cases
The session will address climate change and investment arbitration; climate litigation before international courts and tribunals in both human rights claims and inter-State proceedings, and international law in climate change cases before domestic courts. 
Moderator: Hugh Mercer KC
Speakers: Sam Hunter-JonesAlison Macdonald KCAmy Sander and Naomi Hart

Session 3: The Aviation Impact Accelerator and scientific and legal issues of carbon measurements and causation
This last session will outline the activities of the AIA group (Aviation Impact Accelerator), explain why the approach of this group can provide important advice for ESG litigation and explore issues relating to the presentation of scientific evidence in climate change litigation.
Moderator: Jane Russell
Speakers: Professor Tony PurnellGraham Dunning KC and Dr Marion Palmer

6pm: Drinks reception