The Grande-Synthe Decision: A Conversation about National Climate Commitments, Accountability, and the Role of Courts
In November 2020, the French Council of State (Conseil d'État), the country's chief administrative court, issued a landmark ruling with far-reaching implications for the global environmental movement. The French commune of Grande-Synthe brought suit against the French government for allegedly failing to meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement. The Council of State subsequently gave the French government three months to demonstrate that its emissions reductions were on track.
The Yale Law School is honored to host several judges of the French Council of State to discuss this ruling, with additional commentary from several Yale Law professors, including Dan Esty and Doug Kysar. This event provides participants with a rare opportunity to hear directly from several leading global judges -- and to be part of an important conversation about the role of courts in the environmental movement.