HEHEDF x Dublin

Discussion event: "Supporting climate action through activism and litigation"

17th May 10.00-13.00
Dublin City University

Event focus

The number of court cases related to climate change has rapidly increased all over the world, and has rapidly become  a way to support climate action. Because of its novelty, much remains to be explored regarding our understanding of the role of litigation and its links to climate activism. 

How can activism and litigation come together to promote more democratic climate governance? How can climate litigation be supported by activism outside the courtroom? What tools can research provide to support climate activists and/or litigants? 


Bridging the worlds of research and civil society

This event aims to bring together the worlds of research and civil society to find ways to work together towards climate action. If you see yourself as a researcher, litigator, activist or civil society worker then this dialogue event is for you. 



Hyperlocal discussion between Ireland, Finland, Italy & the UK: "Supporting climate action through activism and litigation"

Speakers introducing the topic: 

from Helsinki: Kati Kulovesi (University of Eastern Finland) and Hanna Aho (The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation)
from Trento: Louisa Rosemary Parks (University of Trento)
from London: Joana Setzer (London School of Economics)
rom Dublin: Clodagh Daly (Community Law and Mediation) and Diarmuid Torney (Dublin City University)


All attendees are invited to join the hyperlocal discussion with the speakers! 




Local discussion: how can civil society and research work together for climate action?

All Dublin attendees are invited to share their experiences of working towards climate action. The discussion will cover the following questions:

  • How does my work (as a citizen/in civil society/climate litigation/researcher) support sustainable climate transitions?
  • What are our experiences of working together with actors from different sectors?
  • What opportunities and challenges have we experienced when researchers and civil society work together?
  • What can researchers provide to civil society? And vice versa?


Concluding insights

Event location


Room GLA.S212
DCU Glasnevin Campus

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Dublin City University (DCU) is a young, dynamic and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation.

ReTool project

Discussion introduces a new research project called ReTool.

Over the next 3 years, the ReTool project seeks to both address the climate crisis and also reinvigorate and strengthen democratic processes and structures. The project posits that these are ‘twin challenges’ which are linked, and it seeks to deepen understanding of the relationship between them.

ReTool is a Horizon Europe project funded by the European Union