Title

If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun: climate change litigation, climate change activism and lawfulness

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Rogers, N 2015, 'If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun: climate change litigation, climate change activism and lawfulness', New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 179-199.

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

The author considers the transformative possibilities inherent in climate change litigation and climate change direct action. The author also reflects on what these different forms of cultural performance reveal about the role and significance of lawfulness in the context of climate change. Some climate change litigation challenges accepted norms and assumptions. Its transformative potential lies, the author argues, in the symbolic value of such litigation and the resulting rhetorical debates about the meaning of legal and cultural terms. Climate change direct action and related courtroom performances provide, on the other hand, a forum in which the norm of lawfulness can be contested and debated.

Additional information

Also published as 'Litigation, activism, and the paradox of lawfulness in an age of climate change' in T Bristow & TH Ford (eds), A cultural history of climate change, Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 211-28. ISBN: 9781138838161

http://epubs.scu.edu.au/law_pubs/454