The Impact of Climate Change on Persons with Disabilities: Is there a role for global strategic litigation?



  • Available Until 6/23/2025
  • Class Time 1:00 PM PT
  • Duration 90 min.
  • Format On-Demand
  • Program Code bcce0016
  • CA General CLE Credits: 1.50 hr(s)

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Five speakers from Australia, Europe, and North America discuss prospective and existing litigation that addresses the impact of climate change on persons with disabilities.


This panel brings together academics, lawyers, activists, and individuals with lived experiences to discuss existing and prospective climate litigation that addresses the impacts of climate change and climate action on people with disabilities. The panel is moderated by Dr. Cristy Clark. Dr. Clark is an Associate Professor with the University of Canberra Law School whose research focuses on the intersection of human rights and the environment.


Professor Sébastien Jodoin, Associate Professor at McGill University; Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Health, and the Environment; and Director of the Disability-Inclusive Climate Action Research Programme (Directeur, Programme de recherche sur l’action climatique inclusive du handicap) (Professeur agrégé et Titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada sur les droits humains, la santé et l’environnement).


Dr. Laverne Jacobs is a Full Professor at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law (Canada). She is the Co-Director of BCCE's Disability Rights Working Group and Founding Director of the Law, Disability & Social Change Project. In 2022, Professor Jacobs was elected to the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and is currently completing a four-year term as an expert Committee member. 


Michaela Kroemer is an attorney at the law firm Krömer (Austria).


Brittni Dienhoff works closely with local communities to tackle the climate crisis. Previously, Brittni worked in private practice providing complex climate risk advice to public and private sector clients across an array of industries. Her litigation experience has included working with Traditional Owner groups across Australia on land rights issues, and at the Human Rights Law Centre. Brittni holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and has contributed to publications by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative and The Chancery Lane Project.


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