Law, Finance, and Litigation: addressing climate change risks in Europe

Climate change is a major threat to human well-being, posing risks to social and legal normativity, as well as challenging the current configuration of institutional structures. In this sense, legal frameworks and socio-political arrangements have addressed the adverse effects of climate change through norms, financial mechanisms, and litigation. Against this background, this course will provide an overview of the legal instruments and financial mechanisms aimed at regulating climate change, its risks and future consequences in Europe.

Bertinoro (FC)

Location

7th – 18th October 2024

Dates

88 h

Total number of hours

20

Number of participants

€ 400,00

Registration Fee

June 28th

Application deadline

Climate change is a major threat to human well-being, posing risks to social and legal normativity, as well as challenging the current configuration of institutional structures. In this sense, legal frameworks and socio-political arrangements have addressed the adverse effects of climate change through norms, financial mechanisms, and litigation. Against this background, this course will provide an overview of the legal instruments and financial mechanisms aimed at regulating climate change, its risks and future consequences in Europe.

Regarding climate law, participants will explore the international and European climate legal framework and the role of national and regional adjudicatory bodies in advancing climate action. The course will also focus on financial arrangements and related obligations both at the international level and within the European Union, exploring how these mechanisms can affect decision-making processes. Finally, the training will provide a broad overview of the climate litigation scene in Europe and how it may push for accountability of public and private decision-makers, identifying the main litigation actors, enforcement mechanisms and the potential risks it may pose in the future for both the public and private sectors.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • International and European climate legal framework, instruments and mechanisms,
  • Human rights and climate change: challenges, obligations and violations,
  • Climate finance EU Policy Framework and climate finance landscape,
  • Climate finance and the legal obligations within the European Union,
  • Climate change impacts on the financial sector,
  • The profile of climate litigation in Europe,
  • The role of science in climate litigation cases,
  • Enforcement mechanisms and legal remedies of climate litigation,
  • The role of domestic and regional courts,
  • Climate litigation as a risk to public authorities and private actors,
  • Due diligence law and the corporate climate accountability.

The Autumn School is mainly geared towards Ph.D. students, postdocs and young professionals in the field of Climate finance & Climate law studies with a strong interest in the dynamics of climate litigation cases.

 

The course will include lectures by leading researchers in the fields of climate finance, and climate law and litigation, as well as seminars, practical sessions, and group projects. Lectures will take place in the mornings, while the afternoons will be reserved for tutorials, programming exercises, discussions, and group work.

By the end of the course, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of climate law at the international and regional levels, the EU policy framework related to climate finance and an overview of the dynamics of climate litigation. They will therefore be able to identify the main legal norms in force and currently shaping the climate scene, and understand its main potentials and shortcomings. Students will also be more familiar with the climate finance landscape at the international and European levels, knowing what the main actors and mechanisms are. Students will enhance their understanding of potential impacts of climate change on the financial sector. Finally, students will have a comprehensive knowledge of climate litigation cases in Europe, what enforcement mechanisms are available for cases brought before adjudicatory bodies, and how climate litigation is reshaping systems of accountability and may therefore become a risk for decision-makers in the future.

Prof. Dr. Enrico Buono – Co-director of the Course

Enrico Buono is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Public Law at the Universities of Perugia and Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, and a Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft at the Deutsch-französische Juristenausbildung (Universität des Saarlandes, Germany). He achieved the National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor in Comparative Law with unanimous consent, and has been a visiting researcher at the Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo in La Paz, Bolivia, while working for the Tribunal Constitucional Plurinacional in Sucre.
For his works on Environmental Constitutionalism, Enrico won the SIRD Younger Comparatists 2022 Prize, awarded by the Italian Society for Research in Comparative Law. He’s also the national coordinator of the Environmental Constitutionalism Observatory (OCA) at DPCE Online, a Class-A Comparative Law Journal.

Dr. Giulia Galluccio – Co-director of the Course

Dr. Giulia Galluccio holds a degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University and a PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change from Cà Foscari University of Venice. She is Director of the Future Earth Research School and Director of the Information Systems for Climate Science and Decision-making (ISCD) Research Unit at CMCC. She is a science policy analyst working at the interface of science, policy and society, analysing scientific research and providing insights to inform policy decisions. She is currently Vice-Chair of the European Joint Initiative on Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe (JPI Climate), a pan-European intergovernmental initiative that brings together European countries to jointly coordinate climate research and fund new transnational research initiatives that will provide useful climate knowledge and services for post-COP21 climate action. Her specific research interests include climate policy governance and adaptation finance. She’s currently coordinating the Horizon Europe project MAGICA “Maximizing the synergy of European research Governance and Innovation for Climate Action” and leading activities on capacity building, project pipeline and resilient investment strategies for the Horizon Europe project CLIMATEFIT (Financing adaptation to climate change).

Location

The course will be at the University Residential Center of Bertinoro (CE.U.B.).

Bertinoro is halfway between the cities of Forlì and Cesena, 6 km from SS9 (Via Emilia). Forlì is the town of reference for transport by train and bus to and from Bertinoro.

Accommodation

The accommodation will be at the University Residential Center of Bertinoro. Please remember that participation in presence is mandatory.

The school is offering limited financial assistance to cover the accommodation costs at the Center of Bertinoro over the entirety of the two-week stay. If you are interested, please check the section below.

For those who won’t get the financial assistance, all the costs will be communicated during the selection process.

The school will provide and offer lunches and dinners for all the participants. Participants are free to organize themselves at their own expense upon notice. The school will not cover any extra costs.

Transport

Nearest airport: Bologna’s airport “Guglielmo Marconi”

Nearest train station: Forlì Station (20 min. far from Bertinoro by car)

On how to get to the Centre, please check this link

Given that most of the participants will arrive in Bologna – especially from abroad – the school will organize a shuttle to bring participants from Bologna to Bertinoro. More details will be given to the selected candidates.

 

 

The school offer limited financial assistance based on the applicant’s needs. It will cover accommodation expenses in Bertinoro. If interested, please specify it in the application form in the dedicated section. You can also leave a statement (max 200 words) explaining why you should benefit from this assistance.

The assistance WILL NOT cover travel costs.

Since there is a limited number of places, you are encouraged to apply early to avoid disappointment.

If accepted, you will receive an email confirming your financial assistance by secretariat@fersschool.it

The maximum age at the time of application is 35 years old. The Autumn School is mainly geared towards Ph.D. students, postdocs and young professionals in the fields of Climate finance & Climate law with a strong interest in the dynamics of climate litigation cases.

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