Scholars

Joana Setzer

London School of Economics and Political Science
United Kingdom

Joana Setzer’s research explores the engagement of subnational governments and the role of courts in climate governance. She is currently serving as a Contributing Author for the IPCC AR6. She regularly serves as a consultant for a range of international and non-governmental organisations. She was a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow (2016-2019). She holds a PhD (2014) and an MSc in Environment and Development from the LSE (2009), a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Sao Paulo (2007), and an BA in Law from the Catholic University of Sao Paulo (2001). Prior to joining the LSE, she worked as an environmental lawyer in Brazil, and served as the external affairs coordinator of Regions4.

Publications

Yoshida, K. & Joana Setzer. 2020. “The Trends and Challenges of Climate Change Litigation and Human Rights,”

European Human Rights Law Review, 2, 161-173 (July 2020).

Shaikh Eskander, Sam Fankhauser, & Joana Setzer. 2020. “Global Lessons from Climate Change Legislation and Litigation,”

Environmental and Energy Policy and the Economy, volume 2, National Bureau of Economic Research (June 2020).

Joana Setzer, Elisa Sainz de Murieta, Ibon Galarraga, Fernando Rei, &  Mariângela Mendes Lomba Pinho. 2020. “Transnationalization of climate adaptation by regional governments and the RegionsAdapt initiative,”

Global Sustainability, 3, E10 (April 2020).

Joana Setzer & Lisa Benjamin. 2020. “Climate Litigation in the Global South: Constraints and Innovations,”

Transnational Environmental Law (March 2020).

Joana Setzer & Lisa C. Vanhala. 2019. Climate change litigation: A review of research on courts and litigants in climate governance,”

WIREs Climate Change (March 2019).

Joana Setzer & Karen Anderton. 2019. “Subnational leaders and diplomacy.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies,

Oxford University Press (May 2019). 

Joana Setzer, Kamyla Cunha, & Amália Botter-Fabri. 2019. “Climate Litigation: New frontiers for environmental law in Brazil,”

Sao Paulo: Editora Revista dos Tribunais (Portuguese) (March 2019).

Geetanjali Ganguly, Joana Setzer, & Veerle Heyvaert. 2018. “If at first you don’t succeed: Suing corporations for climate change,”

Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 38(4), pp. 841–868 (October 2018).

Joana Setzer & Mook Bangalore. 2017. “Climate change in the courts: An overview of litigation drivers and outcomes in 27 jurisdictions.” In Climate Change Legislation: Content and Application,

Edward Elgar, pp. 175-192 (January 2017).

Joana Setzer. 2015. “Testing the boundaries of subnational diplomacy: The international climate action of local and regional governments,”

Transnational Environmental Law, 4(2), pp. 319-337 (October 2015).

Media Coverage

Joana Setzer’s research on climate litigation featured by Dana Drugmand. Report: Global Climate Lawsuits Against Governments and Polluters on the Rise,” Desmogblog, July 7, 2020.

Joana Setzer quoted by Matthew Green, Valerie Volcovici, & Emma Farge in Climate battles are moving into the courtroom, and lawyers are getting creative,” Reuters, July 3, 2020.

Joana Setzer’s research on climate litigation featured by Michael Holder. Study: Climate change increasingly raised as a human rights issue in court cases,” Business Green, July 3, 2020.

Joana Setzer quoted by Jennifer Hijazi in Climate lawyering can be deadly in the global south,” E&E News, June 12, 2020.

Joana Setzer quoted by Jennifer Hijazi in Next frontier in climate law: The global south,” Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News, May 13, 2020.

Joana Setzer interviewed about climate litigation by Joel Poultney. What can litigators do for the climate emergency? We consulted a group of experts to find out,” Chambers, February 18, 2020.

Joana Setzer quoted by Carolyn Beeler in In 2020, the courts will continue to be a player in climate change,” The World, January 8, 2020.

Joana Setzer quoted by J. Lester Feder in People Have A Fundamental Right To Be Protected From Climate Change, A Landmark Court Ruling Says,” Buzzfeed News, December 20, 2019.

Joana Setzer speaking to the Law Report. Climate change litigation targets super fund,” Law Report, October 1, 2019.

Joana Setzer’s research on climate litigation featured by Emma Coleman. Why State and Local Governments Are Suing Over Climate Change,” Route Fifty, July 12, 2019.

Joana Setzer’s research on climate litigation featured by Dana Drugmand.Climate litigation Has Become a Global Trend, New Report Shows,” The Climate Docket, July 8, 2019.

Joana Setzer’s research on climate litigation featured by Jack Guy. Climate change lawsuits spreading around the world,” Jack Guy, CNN, July 4, 2019.

Joana Setzer’s research on climate litigation featured by Sandra Laville. Governments and firms in 28 countries sued over climate crisis,” Sandra Laville, The Guardian, July 4, 2019.

Joana Setzer’s research on climate litigation featured in Climate change litigation is global phenomenon,” The Times, July 3, 2019.

Joana Setzer quoted by Pilita Clark in Should company lawyers do more on climate risk?,” Financial Times, June 19, 2019.

Joana Setzer’s research on climate litigation featured by Sony Kapoor. The Climate Litigation Threat is Getting Credible,” Bloomberg, June 18, 2019.

Joana Setzer quoted by Yannic Rack in Spurred by Dutch legal victory advocates look to courts to push climate policy,” S&P Global Market Intelligence, February 21, 2019.

Global trends in climate change legislation and litigation: 2018 snapshot,” Michal Nachmany, Joana Setzer, LSE, May 24, 2018.

To accelerate climate action, citizens are suing governments,” Irene Banos Ruiz, Deutche Welle, May 11, 2018.

Joana Setzer quoted by Adam Wentworth in All countries in the Paris Agreement now have policies to fight climate change,” Climate Action, April 30, 2018.

Joana Setzer quoted by Megan Darby in Oil majors to face London, New York hearings over Philippines climate impact,” Climate Home, February 6, 2018.

Joana Setzer’s research on climate litigation featured by Pierre-Henry Deshayes. Environmentalists lose lawsuit over Norway’s Arctic oil licenses,” Yahoo News, January 4, 2018.

Joana Setzer’s research on climate litigation featured by Marlowe Hood & Amélie Bottollier-Depois. Climate victims seek justice, on the street and in the courtroom,” AFP, December 10, 2017.

Radio interview on climate litigation, Radio France Internationale, November 30, 2017.

Joana Setzer’s research on climate litigation featured by Jonathan Watts. We should be on the offensive – James Hansen calls for wave of climate lawsuits,” Guardian, November 20, 2017.

Joana Setzer’s research on climate litigation featured by Alex Whiting. Climate-hit nations ask: Who will pay the rising costs of disasters?,” Reuters, November 8, 2017.

Joana Setzer’s research on climate litigation featured in Climate-change lawsuits: Global warming is increasingly being fought in the courtroom,” The Economist, November 2, 2017.

Joana Setzer’s research on climate litigation featured in Laws to tackle climate change exceed 1,200 worldwide: study,” Reuters, May 9, 2017.