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The Grande- Synthe Decisions: A Conversation with the Judges of the French Council of State

October 26, 2021
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
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Earlier this year, the French Conseil d’Etat issued a judgment in favor of the commune of Grande-Synthe, a coastal city vulnerable to flooding from rising sea level, in its lawsuit against the French government for failing to comply with the Paris Agreement. Separately, in Notre Affaire à Tous and Others v. France, the Paris administrative tribunal held the government liable for the “ecological damage” caused by its failure to meet its climate-change commitments. In this webinar, the Chief Justice of the Conseil d’Etat, Bruno Lasserre, and Justice Stéphane Hoynck, will discuss the impact of these two groundbreaking cases.

Michael Burger, executive director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, will provide opening remarks.


Maria Antonia Tigre, Global Climate Litigation Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change


Chief Justice Bruno Lasserre, Conseil d’Etat

Justice Stéphane Hoynck, Conseil d’Etat 

Program is co-sponsored by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the Conseil D’Etat