Sabin Center Legal Resources for Climate Change Adaptation

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law database of legal resources for adaptation includes law reviews of provisions that consider climate risks, articles about “the nature of legal obligations to adapt,” and resources to facilitate adaptation planning efforts by government and the private sector.

The resources are organized into the following categories:

  • Federal Statutory and Regulatory Violations
  • Rules Governing Federal Agency Projects and Activities
  • Common Law Doctrines (Tort Law, Takings, Public Trust)
  • Local Land Use and Planning
  • Building Codes
  • Federal Flood Mapping, Flood Insurance, and Disaster Assistance
  • Public Utility Commission Actions
  • Contractual, Fiduciary and Professional Obligations
  • Insurance and Reinsurance

Policy analysis on each topic is provided in a number of related articles. For example, the Insurance and Reinsurance category includes links to the following:

  • Complaint in Illinois Farmers Insurance Co. et al. v. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago et al. (Cook Cty. Cir. Ct. 2014), withdrawn (June 2014)
  • Joseph MacDougald & Peter Kochenburger, Insurance and Climate Change, 47 J. Marshall L. Rev. 719 (2013)
  • Sean Hecht, 14: Insurance, in The Law of Adaptation to Climate Change (Michael B. Gerrard & Katrina Fischer Kuh eds. 2012)
  • Sean Hecht, Climate Change and the Transformation of Risk: Insurance Matters, 55 UCLA L. Rev. 1559 (2008)
  • Christina Ross et al., Limiting Liability in the Greenhouse: Insurance Risk-Management Strategies in the Context of Global Climate Change, 26A Stanford Envtl. L.J. 251 (2007)
  • R. M. Verchick & Lynsey R. Johnson, When Retreat is the Best Option: Flood Insurance after Biggert-Waters and Other Climate Change Puzzles, 47 John Marshall L. Rev. 695 (2014)


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