Research-O-Thon: Civil Liability for Climate Change

Posted on Monday, March 12, 2018

The Environmental Law Students' Association, the "Association du droit de l'environnement et du droit autochtone de l'Université d'Ottawa", the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability, the Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic, and the Brian Dickson Law Library are excited to organise the uOttawa Faculty of Law's first Environmental Law Research-o-thon on 14 March 2018!

This event is based on the popular initiative on immigration and refugee law research held in February, 2017 across Canada, and its adaption to environmental law by the Environmental Law Club of UVic Faculty of Law (

As we face increasing environmental crises, especially in light of climate change, and as government action often fails to adequately address environmental problems, we are applying the research-o-thon model to a public interest environmental law topic: civil liability for climate change. We hope that this event will foster student interest in environmental law, foster interest in pro bono initiatives, connect people interested in environmental law, and assist Ecojustice's climate litigation team in their efforts.

We are inviting all law and graduate students to participate in this research-o-thon, and contribute to the advancement of public interest environmental law. Specially, students will perform research on civil liability for climate change. Given governments' weak action and poor performance regarding climate change, and in the wake of the Urgenda decision ( in the Netherlands, public interest civil litigation against governments and against GHG heavy corporations for the consequences of climate change appears increasingly to be sorely needed to make things move. The research produce during the event will directly contribute to Ecojustice's effort in this regard.

The research can be performed in French and/or English, and we need students from both Civil and Common Law Sections! We ask that you register for a shift of 2 hours minimum (no maximum of course!). The law library will prepare references for students, and a member of faculty/lawyer will be on site to help out. During lunch, a talk on climate change will be held. Food will also be served to the volunteers.

Time: Wednesday 14 March between 8am and 8pm
Location: FTX 421

We look forward to seeing you!


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