#WWEAwebinar in collaboration with the WWEA Legal Working Group and European Renewable Energies Federation EREF
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Wednesday, 2 June 2021, 13-15 h Central European Summer Time
Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court took a landmark decision by qualifying the German climate law as unconstitutional as it does not provide sufficient protection against the impact of climate change, in particular for future generations. The decision implies a constitutional, individual right against the government to protect the climate.
The #WWEAwebinar will present details of the decisions by the German Constitutional Court and will discuss its implications, for the energy sector and internationally.
Important questions will be discussed:
- How far does this groundbreaking decision impact the legal situation in the rest of Europe, and in other parts of the world?
- Is there a new paradigm emerging – environmental standards as part of basic or even human rights?
- What are the implications for the energy sector and energy related law?
- Which similar decisions have been taken by courts in other jurisdictions?
- Is it worthwhile to develop an international litigation strategy for effective climate change mitigation and for accelerated shift towards renewable energy?
Legal experts from Germany, Europe and Australia will discuss the current situation and potential strategies as well as prospects of future action. The most recent decisions by a Dutch court forcing the oil company Shell to reduce its emissions substantially as well as by the Australian Federal Court will be part of the discussion.
- Hon. Peter Rae AO, WWEA President: Welcome
- Tobias Natt, WWEA Legal Working Group: Introduction
- Dr. Hartmut Kahl, Stiftung Umweltenergierecht: Climate change mitigation as a fundamental right – the decision by the German Federal Constitutional Court
- Dr. Doerte Fouquet, EREF: Citizens in climate change mitigation and energy transition – a European perspective
- Carsten Bartholl & Dr. André Lippert, TaylorWessing: Energy industry and energy law implications of the German constitutional court ruling
- Jeremy Schultz, Finlaysons: Litigation for better policies in Australia
- Janine O’Keeffe, FFF/P4F: Remarks from the perspective of the global climate movement
- Moderator: Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General