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
Nina Hart (CLS '15) has written a paper on how governments and investors can use financial disclosure as a tool to incentivize or pressure publicly traded companies to undertake climate change adaptation measures.
• Now accepting applications for our Visiting Scholars Initiative
• "Legal Tools for Climate Adaptation Advocacy: Securities Law" by Nina Hart (2015)
• "Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015: Trend or Oddity?" New York Law Journal May 14 2015
• "Federal Implementation Plans for Controlling Carbon Emissions from Existing Power Plants: A Primer Exploring the Issues," by Daniel Selmi (2015).
• "Draft NEPA Guidance Requires Agencies to Consider Both GHG Emissions and the Impacts of Climate Change on Proposed Actions," by Jessica Wentz. (Reprinted from Environmental Law in New York with permission. © 2015 Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a LexisNexis company. All rights reserved.)
• "Save Birds Now or Birds Later," The Environmental Forum, May/June 2015
• "An Analysis of Senator McConnell's Letter Urging States Not to Comply with EPA's Clean Power Plan," by Daniel Selmi (2015)
• New brochure: Environmental and Energy Law at Columbia
• Legal Experts Release Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations: Principles Commentary Release
• Sabin Center submits comments on the proposed 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program
• Recommendations for the U.S. UPR: Protecting the Human Rights of Persons Displaced By Climate Change.
• Written Statement of Michael Burger on Climate Change and Human Rights, submitted to U.S. State Department for the U.S. Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
• "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• Sabin Center submits comments on CEQ's revised draft guidance on NEPA and climate change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)
• 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)
• 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)
More publications are available here. Materials from past events are available here.
Sustainable Development Seminar Series: Geoengineering the Earth's Climate - Risks, Opportunities, and Governance Challenges
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus Alfred J. Lerner Hall, Satow Room
Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Pamela Vreeland by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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
Environmental Advocates of New York invites you to “Acting on Climate in New York,” featuring Professor Michael Gerrard, Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Thursday, June 11, 2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm reception
Location: Grotier Club, 47 East 60 Street, NYC (Between Madison and Park Avenues)
Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Nick Moore on 516-462-5526 x230 or email@example.com
Registration Link: http://form.jotformpro.com/form/51313712970955
CIESIN Special Seminar: What the Governance of Climate and Environmental Migration Can Learn from the Governance of Internal Displacement
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 701 (enter at Amsterdam Avenue)
Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Alex de Sherbinin by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 8453658936.
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