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Irish Supreme Court quashes climate mitigation plan: environmental rights caught between redundancy and vagueness

Irish Supreme Court quashes climate mitigation plan: environmental rights caught between redundancy and vagueness

On 31 July 2020, the Irish Supreme Court annulled the government’s climate mitigation plan. A grand chamber of – exceptionally – seven judges ruled unanimously that the plan did not...
Where are the human rights in the green economy transition?

Where are the human rights in the green economy transition?

The emergence of a green economy during the COVID-19 crisis presents a significant opportunity for the commercialisation of low-carbon solutions that catalyses an important emerging market, incentivising investors and governments...
How Our Clicks Cost the Planet: The Internet, Climate Change, and Human Rights (with Michael Oghia)

How Our Clicks Cost the Planet: The Internet, Climate Change, and Human Rights (with Michael Oghia)

Covid-19 lockdowns worldwide have forced huge portions of our lives online, from education to work, with important human rights ramifications. But there’s an argument to be made that the Covid-19...
Using Human Rights to Protect the Environment in Kenya

Using Human Rights to Protect the Environment in Kenya

Kenya’s Environment and Land Court recently awarded the inhabitants of Owino-Uhuru village in Mombasa, damages worth 1.3 billion Kenyan Shillings and further directed that 700 million be dedicated towards an...
Environmental protection of children’s right to life: ICCPR General Comment 36

Environmental protection of children’s right to life: ICCPR General Comment 36

As the indivisibility of human rights and environmental protection solidifies as a norm of international human rights law, children are increasingly claiming their right to environmental protection under domestic constitutions...
BHP to be Dammed?

BHP to be Dammed?

On 5 November 2015, a devastating mudslide following the collapse of the Fundao Dam tore through Mariana, Brazil, destroying entire cities, decimating the environment and destroying historic, cultural and religious...
Ireland: Historic Victory for Environmental Campaigners

Ireland: Historic Victory for Environmental Campaigners

In a landmark decision, the Irish Supreme Court has unanimously quashed what it termed the Irish Government’s ‘excessively vague’ plan to tackle climate change. The Court held that the plan...
The Dilution of Environment Impact Assessment Norms in India

The Dilution of Environment Impact Assessment Norms in India

Environment Impact Assessment is a process used to identify the environmental, social and economic impacts of any project. It aims to predict environmental impact at an early stage in project...
Climate Fund Case: Climate Litigation reaches the Brazilian Supreme Court

Climate Fund Case: Climate Litigation reaches the Brazilian Supreme Court

Hailed as a milestone in Brazilian climate change litigation, a landmark decision by the Supreme Court has recently ordered public hearings in a lawsuit brought by four political parties on...
Protecting Indigenous Communities in Cases of Climate-forced migration

Protecting Indigenous Communities in Cases of Climate-forced migration

On Indigenous People’s Day in 2018, the United Nations pushed for the protection of indigenous populations’ human rights in cases of social, political, economic, and climate-forced migration. It fell short...
The Urgenda case: human rights obligations to reduce carbon emissions

The Urgenda case: human rights obligations to reduce carbon emissions

The Netherlands’ supreme court has ruled that the state has ‘direct legal obligations’ to reduce carbon emissions by at least 25% by the end of 2020, compared to 1990 levels...
Teitiota v New Zealand: A Step Forward in the Protection of Climate Refugees under International Human Rights Law?

Teitiota v New Zealand: A Step Forward in the Protection of Climate Refugees under International Human Rights Law?

On 7 January 2020, the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) issued a landmark ruling in which it recognised, for the first time, that forcibly returning a person to a place...

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