Public lecture 25th Anniversary TILT in October: “Climate Change Tipping Point: Civil Society Turns to Litigation”

Date: Time: 19:30 Location: LocHal

The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) conducts teaching and research into the regulation of technologies and technology-related societal innovation. TILT is a prominent player on the national as well as the international level when it comes to research and education in this particular area. TILT is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a year full of keynotes, workshops and events. Every month will be devoted to a different theme, such as cybercrime, e-health, privacy and climate change.

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Public lecture of the month

Each Month, the Public Library of Tilburg will host a Public Lecture. The topic of the public lecture in October 2019 will be “Climate Change Tipping Point: Civil Society Turns to Litigation” and will be given by our visiting professor of October, Francesco Sindico. Please find the bio and abstract of Francesco Sindico below:


Francesco Sindico is the Co-Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, and the Programme Director of the Strathclyde LLM in Climate and Energy Law. Over fifteen years of research, Francesco’s work has focused on climate change law and its relationship with security, sustainable development and trade. Francesco is co-ordinating a global project on climate change litigation and has extensive experience advising international organisations and governments on several areas of International Law, including climate change law and water law. He has also led the organisation of the 2018 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium on “The Transformation of Environmental Law and Governance: Innovation, Risk and Resilience”.


Climate Change Tipping Point: Civil Society Turns to Litigation
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”, although some argue that may be needed at some point, but by putting their attention and their hopes into judges and courts. Against this background, this keynote will discuss climate change litigation in countries where there is little or even no litigation on climate change. It will attempt to understand what constitutes successful climate change litigation and what may need to happen (both from a legal and non-legal perspective) in those countries without or with just very incipient litigation in the field of climate change. This presentation builds on the Climate Change Litigation Initiative (C2LI). The latter is led by the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance in collaboration with the 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.
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19.15-19.30  - Doors open
19.30-19.40 - Introduction by L. Reins
19.40-20.40 - Lecture by F. Sindico
20.40-21.10 - Debate led by A. Berti Suman


LocHal, Tilburg
Bibliotheek Midden-Brabant
Our Public Lecture Program is organized in cooperation with Bibliotheek Midden-Brabant