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Constitutionalising Climate Action: India’s Supreme Court Decision on the Protection against Climate Change

Constitutionalising Climate Action: India’s Supreme Court Decision on the Protection against Climate Change

Should climate change safeguards be enshrined as a human right? India’s Supreme Court seems to have resounded a definitive ‘yes’ in the case of M K Ranjitsinh and Others v...
The Principle of Systemic Integration at the ECtHR after Verein KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz

The Principle of Systemic Integration at the ECtHR after Verein KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz

On April 9 2024, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR or ‘the Court’) issued a landmark ruling in the case of Verein KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz and others v Switzerland, marking...
Extraterritorial Human Rights and Climate Change at the ECtHR: The End of the Road?

Extraterritorial Human Rights and Climate Change at the ECtHR: The End of the Road?

On 9 April 2024, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR or Court) handed down its judgment in the case of Duarte Agostinho and Others v Portugal and 32 Other...
Quelle responsabilité étatique en matière de changements climatiques? Réflexions sur l’affaire Klimaseniorinnen

Quelle responsabilité étatique en matière de changements climatiques? Réflexions sur l’affaire Klimaseniorinnen

Quelle est la portée des obligations des États en matière de changement climatique ? Le 9 avril 2024, la Grande Chambre de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme (CEDH)...
Defining States’ Responsibility for Climate Change: Insights from the ECtHR’s Klimaseniorinnen Case

Defining States’ Responsibility for Climate Change: Insights from the ECtHR’s Klimaseniorinnen Case

What is the scope of States’ obligations regarding climate change? On 9 April 2024, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued a landmark ruling addressing...
Waiting for Godot No More: The Climate Crisis and the New European Asylum Pact

Waiting for Godot No More: The Climate Crisis and the New European Asylum Pact

To many born in the 1990s, climate change was akin to Godot: the figure conjured by Beckett whose influence was omnipresent, but whose appearance, anticipated as it was, never came...
Climate change in Strasbourg: a big victory for the human-rights agenda through the rigorous application of international human-rights law

Climate change in Strasbourg: a big victory for the human-rights agenda through the rigorous application of international human-rights law

All major challenges facing Europe today have a human-rights dimension, which sooner or later the ECtHR will be invited to examine. The Court, of course, provides legal answers to legal...
The European Court of Human Rights’ Gendered Climate Docket: KlimaSeniorinnen and Duarte Agostinho

The European Court of Human Rights’ Gendered Climate Docket: KlimaSeniorinnen and Duarte Agostinho

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) just announced that the judgments in all three climate cases before the Grand Chamber will be issued on 9 April: Verein KlimaSeniorinnen v...
Tide Turning on Australia’s Inadequate Climate Policy? A Challenge from First Nations Peoples in the Torres Strait

Tide Turning on Australia’s Inadequate Climate Policy? A Challenge from First Nations Peoples in the Torres Strait

The low-lying islands of Zendath Kes (Torres Strait) are the frontlines of the climate crisis. Without action, climate change will soon make these islands uninhabitable, rendering First Nations Guda Maluyligal...
La Belgique criminalise l’écocide: une (imparfaite) première européenne

La Belgique criminalise l’écocide: une (imparfaite) première européenne

Le 22 février 2024, la Belgique a marqué l’histoire en adoptant un nouveau code pénal criminalisant l’écocide dans son droit interne. Il s’agit de la première fois qu’une telle interdiction...
Belgium Recognises the Crime of Ecocide: A (Lukewarm) European First

Belgium Recognises the Crime of Ecocide: A (Lukewarm) European First

On 22 February 2024, Belgium made history by adopting a new penal code that criminalises ‘ecocide’ at the national level. This marks the first time that such a domestic prohibition...
Beyond State Responsibility: The Trafigura Case and Corporate Accountability in Africa

Beyond State Responsibility: The Trafigura Case and Corporate Accountability in Africa

Over the last few decades, there has been global recognition that corporations yield considerable social, economic and political power. This recognition has been accompanied by the question of how to...

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