Home > Seminars > BIICL Webinar Series Sponsored by Landmark Chambers – Rising Sea Levels: Climate Change Litigation before Domestic Courts

This webinar has now taken place. The recording may be accessed here.


Landmark Chambers is sponsoring and providing speakers for the British Institute of International and Comparative Law‘s webinar series on rising sea levels.

Since the mid-2000s, several domestic legal systems have witnessed the emergence of litigation focused on legal liability for climate change harms and damages, as a result of rising sea levels. These cases have mainly been directed against national and – particularly – local governments, for damages to coastal properties allegedly exacerbated by lack of or inadequate governmental actions or regulations. However, climate liability litigation has been filed also against private corporate actors, namely carbon majors, such as in some Californian cases filed by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, in 2017. In these cases, the carbon majors are considered ‘proximate cause’ of climate change, and the cities seek to reimburse taxpayers for adaptation costs such as sea walls, necessary to protect them from rising sea levels. The importance and the need of domestic climate litigation related to sea level rise is increasing in every part of the globe, both in consideration of the urgency of this phenomenon and associated impacts, and the growth of the population and infrastructures along the coast.

Chair: Rt. Hon. Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill, Former Judge of UK Supreme Court; Landmark Chambers

Speakers: Alex Goodman, Landmark Chambers, Jason Reeves, Zelle LLP, Dr Joana Setzer, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and Deepa Sutherland, Zelle LLP.

**Participation is free of charge however, you must be a registered BIICL member to access this event; you will need to be logged in to your BIICL account to book your place. Please note that participants will receive the joining instructions by email prior to the webinar. If you have any queries regarding this event please email webinars@landmarkchambers.co.uk.**



Wednesday 24th March 2021


17:00 - 18:30




Pricing and registration costs can be found on the BIICL website.




Questions to be considered:

• What course of legal action can be pursued at the domestic level by affected coastal communities seeking redress for climate change impacts, such as sea level rise?
• Where legal responsibility for taking protective action against rising sea levels should lie? What about claims for compensation?
• What are the consequences of climate litigation from an intergenerational point of view?

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