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The Transnational Law Institute and the Centre for Climate Law & Governance are pleased to welcome Professor Jolene Lin (National University of Singapore) to KCL to discuss her upcoming book: “Litigating Climate Change in the Global South”.


A farmer suing his government for violating his constitutional rights through failing to implement the country’s declared climate policy frameworks. A coalition of environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working with local communities to oppose the authorization of a large, new coal-fired power plant. Political parties bringing suit to the highest court of the land to take issue with the non-operationalization of the government’s financial mechanism for funding climate mitigation and adaptation actions. Young people opposing large-scale deforestation which threatens their climate future and that of future generations. These are just some examples of a new phenomenon of climate cases emerging in developing countries of the so-called ‘Global South’. This body of Global South cases now numbers more than 120 cases filed, decided or pending. And it is a fast-growing field: About half of the Global South climate cases have been filed in the past five years.

Drawing from her forthcoming book, “Litigating Climate Change in the Global South” (co-authored with Jacqueline Peel, University of Melbourne, forthcoming by Oxford University Press in 2024), Jolene Lin will be reporting on and offering analysis of the emerging and accelerating phenomenon of climate litigation in Global South countries. A central message of this book and this seminar is that an appreciation of the Global South’s experience with climate litigation goes a long way towards a fuller picture of transnational climate litigation and its contribution towards global climate governance. Key questions to be explored include:

  • Why a study of Global South climate litigation is significant, especially in the context of broader international law and governance efforts to address climate change;
  • Where such climate cases are occurring;
  • What is encompassed by climate change litigation, which touches on the issue of how such cases are defined and categorized;
  • How Global South climate litigation is occurring;
  • Who are the actors involved in litigating climate change in the Global South and what roles they play; and
  • What then are the emerging impacts of this case law in making a meaningful contribution to addressing climate change, and what might be the areas in which we see further development of this jurisprudence in the future.

About the Speaker

Jolene Lin is Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She is also Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre of Environmental Law. Her recent publications include Governing Climate Change: Global Cities and Transnational Lawmaking (Cambridge University Press 2018) and Climate Change Litigation in the Asia Pacific (Cambridge University Press 2020). Litigating Climate Change in the Global South will be published by Oxford University Press in 2024.

Event details

Room SW 1.17, The Dickson Poon School of Law, First Floor, Somerset House East Wing, King's College London, Strand WC2R 2LS
Strand Building
Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS