Legal Mobilization and Climate Change: The Role of Law in Wicked Problems

Anna Maria Marshall, Susan Sterett

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Climate change is a wicked problem, a framework not often used in sociolegal studies. The problem is complex, not readily named, and not limited to one jurisdiction. Therefore, the places of law are multiple: human rights instruments, supranational tribunals, regional courts, and local governments and NGOS. Litigation concerning responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions has largely not resulted in favorable judgments, and the papers in this collection turn to other ways of conceptualizing law and courts in responding to climate change. Relevant legal strategies include environmental legal enforcement, but also changes in investment, and response to the many disasters that are related to climate change. The papers in this collection travel across jurisdictions, actors and problems to assess legal strategies concerning climate change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-274
Number of pages8
JournalOñati Socio-Legal Series
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2019


  • adaptation
  • agriculture
  • Climate change
  • environmental law
  • human rights
  • legal mobilization
  • sub-national courts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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