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Benjamin Franta

University of Oxford

Based in

United Kingdom

Benjamin Franta is Founding Head of the Climate Litigation Lab and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Sustainable Law Programme. The Climate Litigation Lab is a new multidisciplinary research initiative to inform, supercharge, and accelerate climate change litigation globally. Ben is also an Associate at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School.

Ben holds a JD from Stanford Law School and is a licensed attorney with the California State Bar, a PhD in History from Stanford University, a separate PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University, an MSc in Archaeological Science from the University of Oxford, and a BA in Physics and Mathematics from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is also a former research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

He is the recipient of numerous academic and research fellowships including the Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the U.S. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, the USAID Research and Innovation Fellowship, the University of Oxford Clarendon Scholarship, and the Coe College Williston Jones Scholarship.

His research and writing have appeared in 10 languages, been featured in the Paramount+ documentary Black Gold, been cited in the U.S. Congressional Record, and been published in numerous scholarly and popular venues including Nature Climate Change, Global Environmental Change, The Guardian, Project Syndicate, and more.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States

Focus areas of expertise

Greenwashing Climate policy and politics Climate law and litigation History

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Climate-Washing Litigation: Legal Liability for Misleading Climate Communications (CSSN Report, Jan. 2022)

Climate litigation rising: Hot spots to watch (American Bar Association Trends, Dec. 2021)

Franta B. 2021. “Weaponizing economics: Big Oil, economic consultants, and climate policy delay,” Environmental Politics. August 25, 2021:1-21.

Franta B. 2021. “Early oil industry disinformation on global warming,” Environmental Politics. 2021;0(0):1-6.

Benjamin Franta. 2018. “Early oil industry knowledge of CO2  and global warming,” Nature Climate Change (November 2018).

Benjamin Franta. 2017.  “Litigation in the fossil fuel divestment movement,” Law & Policy (August 2017).

Benjamin Franta, Hilly Ann Roa-Quiaoit, Dexter Lo, Gemma Narisma. “Climate disasters in the Philippines: A case study of immediate causes and root drivers from Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao and Tropical Storm Sendong/Washi,” Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Report (November 2016).