The new Wisconsin Initiative on Law and Climate Change (WILCC) seeks to respond to the legal challenges and social justice issues that come with climate change. WILCC aims to prepare law students for challenges posed by climate change and to foster related scholarship.

This initiative will provide an opportunity for UW Law to respond to what might be the greatest challenge of our time, one that could impact every facet of law. 

WILCC is a joint initiative of the University of Wisconsin Law School’s Global Legal Studies Center and the Human Rights Program and is funded in part by the Laurie Carlson Progressive Ideas Forum.


Three Pillars of the Initiative

The Initiative will have three mutually reinforcing domains of work:

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Focus on training and curriculum to help prepare students for the challenges posed by climate change

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Foster innovative research on issues related to climate change and connect our faculty to other scholars who are working on climate change

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Interact with governmental, tribal, and non-governmental actors engaged in learning about and responding to climate change.


Academic year 2022-23 

Academic year 2024-25




Affiliated Scholars

Faculty, staff and students currently affiliated with WILCC include:

If you are interested in joining the Initiative or learning more, please contact Sumudu Atapattu (


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