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Sea Level Rise, Radical Uncertainties and Decision-Maker's Liability: The European Coastal Airports Case

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  • Leonid Sorokin

    (Peoples' Friendship University of Russia)

  • Gérard Mondello

    (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis
    GREDEG-CNRS)

Abstract

Until now, most of the growing climate legal litigations mainly concern environmental associations or victims against energy of energy-users firms or States. However, in a near future, because of exacerbating sudden floods linked to climate change, future litigations could (will) concern infrastructure governance versus private companies. Indeed, sues would (will) concern the financial losses these last ones would (will) endure because the infrastructure managers did not made convenient protection choices in due time. This paper particularly investigates the case of coastal airports at the European level. It insists on the importance of climate scientists divergent opinions about the sea level rise and its consequences for decision-takers concerning their potential legal liability for negligence.

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  • Leonid Sorokin & Gérard Mondello, 2015. "Sea Level Rise, Radical Uncertainties and Decision-Maker's Liability: The European Coastal Airports Case," GREDEG Working Papers 2015-46, Groupe de REcherche en Droit, Economie, Gestion (GREDEG CNRS), University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.
  • Handle: RePEc:gre:wpaper:2015-46
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    1. Hilary Sigman, 2007. "Comment: Legal Liability as Climate Change Policy," Departmental Working Papers 200703, Rutgers University, Department of Economics.
    2. Delyse Springett & Annika Skoglund & Tommy Jensen, 2013. "The Professionalization of Ethics in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – from Servant of Science to Ethical Master?," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 21(2), pages 122-130, March.
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    Keywords

    Climate Change; Sea level rise; flood; airports; transportation infrastructures; legal liability; uncertainty;

    JEL classification:

    • K32 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Energy, Environmental, Health, and Safety Law
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • R53 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Public Facility Location Analysis; Public Investment and Capital Stock

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