Webcast: The European Court of Human Rights’ Rulings in the Climate Change Cases – How Will They Affect Multinational Businesses?

May 23, 2024

On 9 April 2024, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) rendered its much-awaited rulings in the climate change cases of KlimaSeniorinnen v. Switzerland, Carême v. France and Duarte Agostinho and Others v. Portugal and 32 Others.

These rulings, in particular the KlimaSeniorinnen v. Switzerland ruling, mark a paradigm shift in global policy debate on climate change and States’ regulatory obligations in the light of fundamental rights, possibly impacting multinational companies, as well as significantly affecting disputes in litigation and international arbitration.

In this webinar, Gibson Dunn partner Robert Spano (former President of the ECtHR) explains the reasoning behind and the implications of these rulings, including how they potentially impact clients in a range of business sectors.

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Robert Spano is a partner in the London and Paris offices and the Co-Chair of the firm’s Artificial Intelligence Practice Group. He practices in the field of EU litigation, international dispute resolution and advises on regulatory matters. He is a member of the Transnational Litigation, International Arbitration, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Innovation, Technology Regulatory and Litigation, and Public Policy Practice Groups. He is a leading expert in public international law, business and human rights, EU law, and the law of the European Convention on Human Rights, bringing unparalleled experience from senior roles in the judiciary, private practice, and academia.

He is the former president of the European Court of Human Rights, the youngest judge ever to be elected to the presidency in the Court’s 60-year history. Robert sits on the Panel of Arbitrators and Conciliators of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and is an honorary bencher of the Middle Temple.

Stephanie Collins is an associate in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  Stephanie is a member of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice, representing clients in both investor-State and commercial arbitrations, with a particular focus on disputes in the energy, infrastructure and mining sectors. She also advises on all matters of PIL. Stephanie is also a member of the firm’s ESG Practice, where she advises on business and human rights issues, including regulation and litigation risk. She is Chair of Young EFILA.

Alexa Romanelli is an associate in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Alexa represents clients in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, and in ESG and human rights-related disputes, including before the European Court of Human Rights and UN Treaty Bodies. She also advises clients on matters of PIL, and on business and human rights matters such as emerging ESG legislation and regulatory requirements, and climate change litigation risk.

Alexa earned her BA Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford in 2014. She also holds a BA (Joint Honours) in International Development and Middle East Studies from McGill University. She is professionally fluent in English and French. She also speaks Italian and Arabic.

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