The call for applications is now open!

Don’t miss the opportunity to gain skills on one of the most advanced challenges of our times, to meet experts bringing experience from outstanding international institutions, and to become part of a global community.

The CMCC Foundation, with the financial support of the Emilia-Romagna Region, launched the fifth course of “Future Earth Research School” (FERS), an international school entirely focused on climate law, finance and climate litigation.

The course “Law, Finance and Litigation: addressing climate change risks in Europe” will take place in Bertinoro (Italy) from 7th until 18th October 2024.

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.

Throughout the course, attendees will engage in group discussions, case studies, and hands-on activities to deepen their understanding of the science of sea level and its implications for coastal adaptation.

Find out more about the programme.

Participation is open to Ph.D. students, young researchers, and professionals. 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. The school offers a limited number of fellowships, based on the applicant’s needs.

The deadline for applications is 28 June 2024.

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