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A Climate Change Debate: The Future of Climate Change Litigation After The Supreme Court Acts (Again)
Thursday, June 30, 2011 6 PM - 8 PM

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Cosponsored by the Environmental Law Committee, the International Environmental Law Committee, the Environmental Law Institute, and the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School

In April, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in American Electric Power v. State of Connecticut, a case that will shape the future course of climate change tort litigation under federal common law, and that also could impact pending challenges to EPA greenhouse gas regulations. A decision is expected before the conclusion of the Supreme Court’s term.

This program will address a number of critical questions pending in the climate change arena, including (1) whether climate change litigants have standing to sue in federal courts; (2) whether climate change claims under common law have been foreclosed by EPA regulation; (3) whether foreclosing federal common law claims would merely shift the battle ground to state courts; and (4) whether the Supreme Court’s decision could impact pending EPA regulatory proceedings and challenges filed in the D.C. Circuit.

Moderated By:
Michael Gerrard, Director, Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Peter Lehner, Executive Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
Peter Glaser, Troutman Sanders LLP