Journal article

Climate Change Risk and Sovereign Bond Investments: The Case of O'Donnell v Commonwealth of Australia

Jacqueline Peel, Rebekkah Markey-Towler

Climate and Carbon Law Review | Lexxion | Published : 2020


Sovereign bonds – fixed-term loans from investors to governments with regular interest payments – are conventionally considered a safe form of investment. But a new class action filed in Australia, O’Donnell v Commonwealth, argues that even these investments will not be immune from the effects of climate change and that these risks ought to be disclosed to investors. This article examines the prospects of the case and its broader significance in advancing climate risk disclosure for investments. We argue that the O’Donnell case, building on existing trends in climate change litigation, has the potential to strengthen nascent jurisprudence on climate risk disclosure, while also extending that..

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