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In Search of Lost Climes: the Historic Litigation in Navahine v Hawai‘i

In Search of Lost Climes: the Historic Litigation in Navahine v Hawai‘i

In what has been described as a ‘world first’ in constitutional climate litigation, youth plaintiffs from Hawai‘i have secured a historic Settlement Agreement that underscores both the realities of climate...
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...
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...
Green Reparations at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: The La Oroya Judgment

Green Reparations at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: The La Oroya Judgment

The La Oroya judgment, delivered by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) on 27 November 2023, but only published late March 2024, constitutes an important legal first in the...
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...
Pacific Island Countries Make Historic Submissions to the International Court of Justice Climate Change Advisory Opinion

Pacific Island Countries Make Historic Submissions to the International Court of Justice Climate Change Advisory Opinion

March marks a major moment for the Pacific. After nearly a year since the General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution requesting an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice...
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...
The Aberdeen housing crisis: Cementing housing rights in Scotland

The Aberdeen housing crisis: Cementing housing rights in Scotland

In February 2024, hundreds of residents of privately and council-owned houses in Aberdeen began being moved out of their homes after around 500 homes were found to have been constructed...
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...

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