FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2016 .005

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


Authors: Leonid V. Sorokin, Gèrard Mondello
Series: Climate Change: Economic Impacts and Adaptation
Editor: Francesco Bosello
Keywords: Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, Flood, Airports, Transportation Infrastructures, Legal Liability, Uncertainty
JEL n.: K32, Q54, R53

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 make 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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Suggested citation: Sorokin, L.V., G. Mondello, (2016), 'Sea Level Rise, Radical Uncertainties and Decision-Maker’s Liability: the European Coastal Airports Case',  Nota di Lavoro  5.2016, Milan, Italy: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

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