Sabin Center for
Climate Change Law
The Sabin Center develops legal techniques to fight climate change, trains students and lawyers in their use, and provides up-to-date resources on key topics in climate law and regulation.
Latest from the Center
CLS Panel on Human Rights in the Age of Climate Disruption (2/4/15). Speakers (left to right): Gauthier van Thuyne, David Estrin, Ken Rivlin, Michael Gerrard.
• Sabin Center submits comments on the proposed 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, outlining the scope of GHG emissions and climate change impacts that should be assessed before this proposal is finalized.
• In preparation for the upcoming Universal Periodic Review of U.S. Human Rights Obligations, Executive Director Michael Burger and Assistant Director Jessica Wentz have been collaborating with UN delegates and other stakeholders to develop recommendations for the U.S. on Protecting the Human Rights of Persons Displaced By Climate Change.
• "Legal Tools for Climate Adaptation Advocacy: NEPA," by Jennifer Klein and Ethan Strell (2015)
• Sabin Center submits comments on CEQ's revised draft guidance on NEPA and climate change
•"Scale and Focus of Climate Litigation Outside of the United States," New York Law Journal, March 12, 2015
• Press release highlights development of our Climate Change Laws of the World Database
• New on our Blog: Attacks on Canadian Climate Scientist Ruled to be Defamation
• States Should Think Twice Before Refusing Any Response to EPA's Clean Power Rules, by Daniel Selmi (2015)
• Now hiring: 2015 summer internship program
• Climate Change in the Courts: An Assessment of Non-U.S. Climate Litigation, by Meredith Wilensky (2015)
• Government Officials’ Liability After Extreme Weather Events: Recent Developments in Domestic and International Case Law
• The Minamata Convention and the Paris Climate Agreement: Insights into Senate-Less Adoption
• Sabin Center Convenes Expert Panel on Human Rights in the Age of Climate Disruption
• Electricity Sector Adaptation to Heat Waves, by Sofia Aivalioti (2015)
• January 2015 Update to the U.S. and Non-U.S. Climate Litigation Charts
• New York Environmental Legislation And Regulations in 2014, New York Law Journal, January 15, 2015
• The Sabin Center in Lima: Associate Director Jenny Klein and former Associate Director Meredith Wilensky attended the 2014 UN Climate Change Conference (COP-20) and provided a first hand account of the negotiations. Visit the Center's Climate Law Blog for their coverage of the conference and side events. The Sabin Center also partnered with the Legal Response Initiative (LRI) to connect delegates from least developed countries (LDCs) with experts from around the world who can answer their questions about COP-20.
• Debating Divestment: Investment Experts Weigh In On Whether Divesting from Fossil Fuel Stocks Can Help Combat Climate Change
• Paperback edition of Professor Gerrard’s book THREATENED ISLAND NATIONS: LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF RISING SEAS AND A CHANGING CLIMATE just published by Cambridge University Press.
• Sabin Center submits comments on energy efficiency components of EPA's Proposed Clean Power Plan
• 50-State Survey of State Climate Laws Posted as Supplement to Gerrard/Freeman Text
• "A Pacific Isle, Radioactive and Forgotten," New York Times, December 3, 2014
• "Should Universities and Pension Funds Divest from Fossil Fuel Stocks?" Video of program available
• Associate Director Jennifer Klein gave a presentation on Potential Claims against Municipalities Associated with Climate Change as part of a webinar hosted by the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.
• "New Statute Requires State Agencies to Consider Climate Risks," New York Law Journal, November 13, 2014
• Flag State Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, by Alyssa Kutner and Meredith Wilensky (November 2014)
• Sabin Center Celebrates New Era of Environmental Leadership
• "New York Environmental Impact Statements Beginning to Address Climate Resiliency" by Ethan Strell, October 2014. Reprinted from Environmental Law in New York with permission. Copyright 2014 Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a LexisNexis company. All rights reserved.
• New Working Paper: "Legal and Scientific Integrity in Advancing a 'Land Degradation Neutral World'," by Shelley Welton, Michela Biasutti and Michael Gerrard
• Columbia Law School Organizes Powerful Slate of Events Around U.N. Climate Summit
• Michael Burger '03 named new Executive Director of SCCCL
More publications are available here. Materials from past events are available here.
Columbia Journal of Environmental Law
Spring 2015 Climate Change Symposium
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 3:50-6:15 pm
William and June Warren Hall 208
“Climate Change and Land Use Law: A Strategy to Avoid the Worst Impacts”
Thurs., April 9th, 2015, 5:45pm
Jonathon B. Chase Community Center
Vermont Law School
Climate Change: What it Means for the East End
Sat. June 6, 2015
South Fork Natural History Museum
377 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike,
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
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