Seminar by Dr. Francesco Sindico

Dr. Francesco Sindico (Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow) is visiting CILCC in April, and presenting his research at a seminar entitled Climate Change Litigation: Beyond the Usual Suspects  (Thursday the 4th of April  from 12:00 to 13:00 at meeting room 6B-4-04).

Francesco’s presentation builds on the Climate Change Litigation Initiative (C2LI), led by the SCELG, University of Geneva and the National University of Singapore.

C2LI has reviewed climate change litigation in over 30 countries using a scenario-based methodology, and is soon to move into its policy oriented phase by developing an online platform.

Presentation Summary:

Civil society with an interest in fighting climate change understands that we are getting dangerously closely to a tipping point. The IPCC has given us a stark reminder that we have only 12 years left to prevent dangerous climate change for our future generations. With this in mind, people and organisations around the world are losing trust in both the actions of the public and the private sector and are taking the situation in their own hands. Not in the way of a “climate revolution”, but by putting their attention and their hopes into judges and courts. Against this background, Francesco will discuss how climate change litigation is faring in countries where there is little or even no litigation on climate change. Francesco will discuss what can be considered as successful climate change litigation and why and what may need to happen (both from a legal and non-legal perspective) in those countries without or with just very incipient climate change litigation.


Everyone is welcome to attend! For participation in the event please use this registration form no later than 2 April 2019 12:00.


Dr. Francesco Sindico is Co-Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) at the University of Strathclyde Law School in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. He is also a Reader in International Environmental Law in the same university. He is a co-investigator on the One Ocean Hub and leads the Climate Change Litigation Initiative and the Law, Islands and Sustainable Development Initiative at SCELG. His main area of work and research is International Climate Change Law, International Water Law and Sustainable Development. He collaborates closely with international organisations and non-governmental organisations in these fields and advises governments before international courts.