The Climate Case against Total in France: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects

Online | 29 June 2022 | 11.00 – 12.30 (UK time) 

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Climate litigation is developing in a large number of countries around the world. Alongside lawsuits against states, there are more and more lawsuits against companies. Recently recognised as competent, the Paris Court will have to assess the responsibility of the French oil company Total in climate change. This trial is not insignificant because, for the most part, the arguments of the plaintiffs are similar to those invoked in the Shell case in the Netherlands which made it possible to justify its condemnation.

Therefore, the Total case deserves attention: what are its legal bases? What are its chances of success and what is its place within all climate trials? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this event, taking stock from comparative experiences in other legal systems.


Ingrid Gubbay, European Head of Human Rights and Environmental Law at Hausfeld, and Visiting Research Fellow at BIICL


  • Professor Mathilde Hautereau-Boutonnet, Professor of Law, Aix-Marseille University, and Visiting Research Fellow at BIICL
  • Dr. Joana Setzer, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Dr. Jaap Spier, Senior Associate, University of Cambridge, Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and Extraordinary Professor of Global Challenges, University of Stellenbosch

This event is convened by Dr Ivano Alogna, Arthur Watts Research Fellow in Environmental and Climate Change Law, BIICL

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