Canadian Law Schools Must Do Their Part to Help Combat Climate Change

The intensifying physical and socio-economic effects of climate change, mainstreamed by political debates and scientific evidence on anthropogenic disruptions to the global climate system, have motivated changing legislation, regulation, litigation, and institutions. But legal education is not keeping up; climate change has not yet been taught well and broadly in Canadian law schools. While a few schools have offered climate law courses, the majority have not done so in any systematic way. The unprecedentedly expanding demands from youth and students for aggressive climate action should call the attention of law schools to the roles they should play in combatting climate change.

Chen, Ling, Canadian Law Schools Must Do Their Part to Help Combat Climate Change (January 6, 2020). Policy Options (February 18, 2020),

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Law Society of Scotland COVID-19 impact surveys and COP26 working group

COVID-19 impact

In April/May 2020 the Law Society of Scotland undertook a telephone survey with private practice firms to understand the financial impact the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent restrictions were having on the sector.  90% of firms surveyed reported a downturn in new business, with the majority also reporting reduced turnover and cashflow.

Read analysis of the survey (PDF).

Subsequently, the Law Society of Scotland ran a similar version of the survey with Heads of Legal Services/General Counsel in the in-house sector and also conducted an online survey with the wider in-house legal community.

Read the preliminary analysis of the in-house Heads of Legal survey results. (PDF)

Read the analysis of the online survey of in-house practitioners. (PDF)

COP26

The Law Society has also announced the creation of a new working group for COP26 (26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) to be held in Glasgow from 1- 21 November 2021).  The UK is hosting the main event with Italy hosting the preliminary meetings. COP26 is described as the largest summit ever to be held by the UK.  The Group is exploring and considering how the Society can best promote and support the members’ interests in COP26 and with the wider climate change agenda. 

Find out more.

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