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'Information Disclosure and The Transition to A Low-Carbon Economy: Climate-Related Risk in The UK And France' with Emily Webster

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‘Information Disclosure and The Transition to A Low-Carbon Economy: Climate-Related Risk in The UK And France’

Speaker: Dr Emily Webster (Post-Doctoral Associate, Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Change Engagement, University of Cambridge)

Emily will present her research on climate-related risks, recently published in OUP's Journal of Environmental Law.


Over the last several years there has been increasing recognition and acceptance of the threat that climate change poses to global financial stability and the concurrent need for corporations to identify and account for both climate risks and their impacts on the environment. This has resulted in the emergence of climate risk disclosure (CRD) as a voluntary standard as well as movement on the domestic level to introduce mandatory CRD, demonstrated by the introduction of CRD framework legislation in France. This research seminar will focus on a comparative analysis of France and the UK—countries that are adopting divergent methods of legal development towards CRD—to analyse the potential of CRD as a policy tool to aid towards climate change mitigation and the transition to a low-carbon economy, and evaluate how effectively this is being achieved in practice. Link to journal article.

About the Speaker

Emily is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Law at the University of Cambridge.  Her research looks at the regulation of commercial activity in response to environmental challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss through the interdisciplinary lenses of Earth System Governance and Ecological law. Her additional research interests concern transnational environmental law, environmental litigation and the energy transition. She is a Fellow of C-EENRG and a member of the Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Engagement.

Law Research Seminar Series

This event is part of Birkbeck's Law Research Seminar Series. Free to attend and open to the public, the series welcomes scholars from around the world to discuss their latest research.

To celebrate the launch of Birkbeck’s new LLM in Environmental Law, Policy and Governance, this term's research seminars will cover topics in the field of environmental law and policy.

This event is open to the public and free to attend however booking is required via this page. The event will be hosted on Collaborate, a free to access website. You will be sent a link to access the event upon registration.

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