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Amsterdam Centre for Climate Change and the Law

Centre for Climate Change and the Law

The Centre for Climate Change and the Law (A4CL) conducts research in the field where Law, Corporations and Climate Change meet.

Climate change is a global problem requiring global governance. Such governance is currently weak. Individual states are the primary actors, each protecting their own interests. The resulting vacuum drives our work. Researchers within A4CL wonder how to bridge the gap and improve the regulatory environment.

The problem pushes each legal domain to its limits. Tort law naturally deals with conflict at the level of individuals. Could the public interest in achieving the Paris goals shape a private duty of care? Financial regulators seek to maintain financial stability. Should climate risk be on the balance? Competition law aims to promote healthy competition. Are green price arrangements to be favoured? Corporate law weighs the interests of stakeholders. Is mother nature a stakeholder? Democracy serves the people. Should future people have a voice?

Most of our work deals with corporations. Businesses are the main emitters. But they also are the drivers of the energy transition. What are appropriate regulatory stimuli and deterrents?

Both public and private lawyers take part. Our publications are in English and in Dutch, in leading law journals. The monthly A4CL-talks by staffmembers and external speakers are open to the public.

We engage with practicing lawyers, businesses, NGO’s and academics from other fields (climate science, economics, psychology). A4CL is part of the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute. Many of us teach in the Master’s programme International Business Law: Climate Change and Corporations.

Read more about A4CL.