Climate Liability in Canada

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Book Chapter

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Climate Change, Climate Liability, Potential Sources


The paper considers a variety of sources of potential climate liability in Canada. Sources considered include the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, jurisdictional issues, aboriginal rights, the public trust, judicial review of regulatory decisions, tort principles of such as nuisance, negligence, and strict liability, securities litigation, legislative issues under federal and provincial legislation, such as species at risk Acts, environmental assessment processes, and the role of public international law in climate litigation in Canada. Various opportunities to petition national and international institutions on climate issues are also identified.