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Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Climate Science in the Court


Date: Friday, 31st of January 2020, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Venue: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, room 2093

Organizer:Dr. Axel Klie, Managing Director of IRI THESys


  • Karsten Haustein: climate scientist at Oxford University, UK
  • Inga Menke: research associate at Climate Analytics, Berlin
  • Roda Verheyen: environmental lawyer and partner at Rechtsanwälte Günther, Hamburg

This Interdisciplinary Dialogue creates a common ground for researchers and practitioners from different perspectives and aims at out-of-the-box thinking and productive knowledge exchange. This semester, the Dialogue focuses on climate litigation, which is becoming a powerful tool in shaping policy and bringing about more stringent action against climate change. In these lawsuits, big emitters of greenhouse gases – companies and governments alike – are increasingly being held responsible for climate change and accountable for inaction. Three prominent panelists will set the scene for a fruitful discussion on the role of science and scientific findings in such legal cases, and the audience will be invited to actively participate in the discussion.