Liability for Damage Caused by Climate Change: A Way to Internalize the Costs of Adaptation?

  • Ingmar PirochEmail author
Part of the Environmental Protection in the European Union book series (ENVPROTEC, volume 4)


The effects of climate change are a growing risk factor for companies. Apart from direct (e.g. extreme whether) and indirect consequences (e.g. emission ceiling, damage to a company’s reputation) climate change is likely to increasingly become the subject of court proceedings, as demonstrated internationally. The article attempts to identify possible risks of liability for damage caused by climate change under German Law (esp. law of torts) as well as take a brief look at the future regarding internalization of the adaptation costs for climate change.


Climate Change Strict Liability Emission Allowance Environmental Liability Cumulative Causation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Law and Administration (ZfRV), Department of Constitutional, Administrative and Environmental LawBrandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus-SenftenbergCottbusGermany

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