Law Professor Amicus Briefs
CDP has filed friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of law professors arguing that trial court orders granting the necessity defense to climate protest defendants should be affirmed.
The Principles of Climate Civil Resistance is a document summarizing the legal basis for resistance to the fossil fuel system. A PDF version of the Principles is available here. CDP’s update about the Principles can be found here.
Our supporting brief in the Washington v. Brockway appeal, applying the public trust doctrine to the climate necessity defense.
An overview of the current legal framework of the United States as it relates to climate change, as well as tentative proposals for the effective use of legal tools by the climate movement.
A list of all attempted climate necessity defenses with details on the cases and outcomes. Contact CDP for related case documents.
A guide for activists describing the purpose of the climate necessity defense and how it works. Here’s a Printable Version to distribute in zine form.
A chart describing the law of necessity in all 50 states and federal courts, with political necessity precedent and resources for further research.
A fun visual illustration of the purpose and use of the climate necessity defense. Many thanks to the Graphic Advocacy Project!