Sabin Center Climate Litigation Database

This website provides two databases of climate change litigation, one for U.S. climate change litigation and one for non-U.S. cases.  The U.S. Climate Change Litigation database is a joint project of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. It tracks developments in litigation and administrative proceedings related to climate change. The U.S. database comprises more than judicial and quasi-judicial administrative actions and proceedings. Other types of “cases” contained in the chart include rule-making petitions, requests for reconsideration of regulations, notices of intent to sue (in situations where lawsuits were not subsequently filed), and subpoenas.

The U.S. chart is updated on a monthly basis, and as of June 2017 includes 715 cases with links to 2230 case documents. The Non-U.S. Climate Litigation Chart was created in 2011 and is updated regularly. It includes 236 cases, with links to 205 case documents.

Case categories to search from include:

  • Federal Statutory Claims
  • State Law Claims
  • Adaptation
  • Securities and Financial Regulation
  • Climate Change Protesters and Scientists
  • Constitutional Claims
  • Public Trust Claims


For more information about the current state of climate change related law, please also see the Sabin Center’s Climate Regulation Trackerand Climate Change Law Deregulation Tracker in this Adaptation Clearinghouse.



Publication Date: June 2017

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