Australia-Pacific Chapter Hybrid Event "The Winds of Change: How Climate Change Litigation is Raising the Temperature for Industry Participants and their Officers"

Australia-Pacific Hybrid Event: "The Winds of Change: How Climate Change Litigation is Raising the Temperature for Industry Participants and their Officers"

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. AWST (UTC +8) Thursday, September 1, 2022

9:00 a.m. BST  |  6:00 p.m. AEST  |  Timezone Converter

Allen & Overy   |  Level 12, Exchange Tower, 2 The Esplanade, Perth

Online registration has closed. For last minute registrations, please email kevin@aien.org. Although last minute registrations cannot be guaranteed, we will try our best to accommodate.

This event will be held both in-person and virtually via webinar. For those joining in-person, a networking cocktail social will follow the presentation.

Mark van Brakel, Partner, Allen & Overy
Goran Galic, Partner, Allen & Overy
Karina Travaglione, Senior Associate, Allen & Overy

Marina Georgiou, Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers

Nearly all industry participants now face pressure to embrace sustainable methods of operating, in light of increased focus on climate change risks. Many, rightly, are focussed on driving that change internally. However, external standards of conduct, in the form of community and industry expectations, regulations, laws and rulings are changing rapidly, and are in many instances, uncertain.

In this complex and evolving context, there has been a significant rise in climate litigation, which can bring enormous reputational and financial risk as corporate players are being singled out in an ongoing series of test cases.  The energy sector continues to be a target of this litigation in increasingly novel ways. 

Australia has been a global hotspot for climate litigation since its inception. However, cases have historically been brought in a fragmented, piecemeal way, designed to disrupt or delay individual projects.

That is changing rapidly. As the public focus has shifted, litigants have grown more sophisticated and strategic. They now see litigation as an efficient way to establish a set of overarching obligations that require all industry participants to research, consider, report on, and respond to climate-related risks. And they achieve this by making an example of one or two participants.

Our presentation will explore the current trends in strategic climate litigation, by reference to recent and current cases in Australia and internationally. It will also chart our expectations for the coming years: what litigation will be brought, who it will be brought by and against, and what remedies will be sought. In this regard, we will explore the reality that directors and senior managers of companies potentially face significant personal liability arising from such litigation, and that they will need to rely upon fully informed advisors to implement plans to minimise those risks. We will provide some guidance as to the practices that companies and their officers need to adopt now to protect their companies and themselves from these risks.

In-Person Registration Fees:
Member - complimentary
Non-Member - complimentary

Virtual Registration Fees:
Member – complimentary
Non-Member – $25 

All fees are in US dollars. Registration fees include access to the live broadcast.

Apply for membership before registering and receive member rates! After completing your membership application, please email events@aien.org for assistance with registering.

Please register at the link to the right. Online registration will close on August 31. For those joining virtually, login details will be provided via email on August 31.

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