The Carbon Handprint of the Lawyer

By Jeanette Baumann. Lawyers play a crucial part in building and defining the framework of environmental action — they advise, communicate, represent, conduct research and analysis, prepare legal documents and interpret the law. The huge potential of legal action to provide solutions to the climate catastrophe heightens the need to focus on the lawyer’s carbon handprint and unleash the inherent multiplier effect lawyers can have for the betterment of society. As the Pledge argues, we need lawyers to integrate environmental action into all of their activities.

Implementing Net Zero through Climate Contract Clauses

By Leonie Brabant and Jenni Ramos. Contracts govern human activities across all sectors and can either lock parties to business as usual or be drivers of change. Leonie Brabant and Jenni Ramos explain how lawyers can use contracts to deliver climate targets.

Australian Federal Court sees enormous climate risk but says it cannot act

By Dr Chris McGrath. The case brought by eight children against Australia’s Federal Environment Minister was courageous and ambitious. Chris McGrath explains why the case remains an essential landmark in the fight for climate action even after the Court sided with the Minister in the appeal.

Protecting Future Generations: A Global Survey of Legal Academics and Implications for Climate Change Law

By Suzanne Van Arsdale. In a recent survey, legal academics were asked whether the law can help to protect future generations. They responded that it can. Suzanne Van Arsdale considers the implications for the use of the law to tackle the climate crisis.

It’s Time to Recognise the Right to a Healthy Environment

By Tom Sparks. HRC48 has the opportunity to recognise the right to a healthy environment. The Lawyers’ Climate Pledge supports the call.