Environmental lawyers need ‘legal imagination’ to help tackle climate change

Legal imagination is one of the key tools in the armoury of environmental lawyers who want to tackle climate change, a professor of environmental law has told attendees at the annual Public Interest Environmental Law (PIEL) conference.

The student-led event, which took place against the backdrop of the UK’s third youth climate strike on 12 April, sought to examine how environmental law can support efforts to curb climate change by 2030 through mitigation, legislation and litigation. The theme was inspired by the IPCC’s Special Report, published last October, which warned that there were only 12 years left to keep global warming to under 1.5°C and avoid its worst impacts.

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