The Climate Change and Sustainability Law Clinic of the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam is one of the first law clinic in Europe fully dedicated to the promotion of climate justice via legal action. The Clinic is both an elective course of the VU Faculty Law and a pilot initiative bringing together students and nonprofit organizations interested in the strategic use of law towards just climate action.
Students joining the clinic work pro-bono in teams, under the supervision of Faculty members. Projects are often designed with partner nonprofit organizations and can cover a wide array of activities, reflecting the dynamic nature of current lawyering for societal resilience to environmental disruptions on the national and transnational levels. See our Projects page for examples or check our News page for stories on the impact made by our projects and students.
We are always open to exploring collaborations with nonprofit organizations active on climate change, student organizations, and faculties of other universities –particularly from countries outside the West. We are looking to set up collaborative events and initiatives that will foster clinical legal activities, education and climate action across borders. Contact us if interested!
The Clinic is directed by Dr. Clemens Kaupa and Dr David Rossati.