The courtroom is an increasingly important arena for determining who should pay for climate-related damages and the government’s role to protect us from climate change. Physical and social scientists play a crucial role in this burgeoning field of climate litigation by helping judges and juries understand the most current and robust climate science.
Produced in collaboration with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), this guide helps scientists better understand the process of acting as an expert, the potential legal risks and how to mitigate them, and the right questions to ask to proceed with confidence and have a positive and fulfilling experience. It also explains ways experts can engage apart from being a testifying expert witness. This guide builds upon our first, introductory expert witness guide, “What to Expect When You’re an Expert Witness.”
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Scientists who are considering getting involved as an expert in climate litigation should also connect with the UCS Science Hub for Climate Litigation, as well as the multiple resources developed by Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law available here, which includes the Climate Attribution Database.