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The impacts of climate change are increasingly visible around the world. In the absence of an international mechanism for financial restitution (the preamble to the Paris Agreement explicitly states that it does not ‘provide a basis for any liability or compensation’) the courts have been identified as a potential route for securing compensation for climate impacts. However, thus far, no legal case seeking compensation for a defendant’s contribution to the impacts of climate change has resulted in payments being made to affected communities.

Drawing on learnings from Lliuya v. RWE, an ongoing case in the German courts, this presentation will explain how plaintiffs can maximise their chances of success in the courts, examine what the implications of successful litigation might be, and ask how realistic these goals really are.


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