Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

(2009; New York City; 8 staff, 6 affiliates;

As Part of Columbia Law School they develop legal techniques to fight climate change, resources on climate law and regulation, model laws and best practices.

Program Areas:

  • Adaptation Law– Encouraging short- and longer-term adaptation efforts at all levels of government and by private actors as well.
  • Clean Air Act– Controlling greenhouse gas emissions under existing law.
  • Environmental Assessment– Ensuring that climate change receives due consideration in environmental reviews.
  • Energy Law– Advancing the decarbonization of the U.S. energy sector and improving the resilience of energy systems.
  • Securities and Climate Finance– Using law to mobilize funds for climate action and ensure that companies disclose climate risks.
  • Natural Resources– Helping natural resource managers to account for the effects of climate change in planning and management decisions.
  • International Law– Working towards international solutions to climate change.
  • Human Rights– Addressing the nexus between human rights and climate change.


Leadership: Michael Gerrard (Faculty Director), Michael Burger (Executive Director)

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