Special Lecture on Global Society IV
Climate Change and the Law
Characterized as the ‘defining issue of our age’, climate change has been a major international concern since the late 1980s. Fairly described as a ‘super wicked problem’, it poses a complex, polycentric, and seemingly intractable policy challenge. This course explores how laws, regulations and court decisions have burgeoned in response to climate change, at various levels, from cities through the international sphere. Through interactive lectures and case studies, students examine both the practical and theoretical aspects of topics such as: the role of science in climate change lawmaking, the growing perception of courtrooms as a key battleground in the public debate over climate change around the world, the emergence of climate disaster law as a new field of regulation, climate geoengineering governance, and so forth. Throughout the semester, students not only acquire a robust understanding of the main legal challenges raised by climate change; they also engage with in-depth analyses of selected issues discussed from the critical perspective.