This guide covers specific types of potential risks related to serving as an expert witness and other consulting work, including legal issues, monetary concerns, and conflicts of interest.
CLIMATE LITIGATION TOOLKIT
Our free legal resources explain the best practices for safely and effectively engaging in scientific consulting work.
As climate litigation heats up, scientists are increasingly serving as expert witnesses or engaging in other scientific consulting work. These opportunities provide important mechanisms for discrediting anti-science efforts and furthering climate progress. While there are potential legal risks with this work, those risks can be mitigated with the help of the legal resources in this toolkit.
This guide helps scientists—particularly those who receive federal or state funding—navigate the important notice-and-comment process and understand best practices for participating in agency rulemaking.
This guide helps scientists know what to expect—and what to safeguard against—when serving as an expert witness.
This guide continues our series to help scientists know what to expect—and how to protect themselves—when serving as an expert witness.
Additional Educational Resources
We publish and distribute free educational resources to help scientists understand the risks they may face as a result of their work.
- Columbia Law School | Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Climate Change Litigation Databases, Climate Law Blog
- Union of Concerned Scientists, The UCS Science Hub for Climate Litigation, The Science and Climate Litigation Webinar Series
- AGU (American Geophysical Union), Local Science Partners
- Environmental Law Institute, Climate Judiciary Project