Side Event: Limiting Dangerous Climate Change: The Emerging Importance of Domestic Courts and Human Rights Tribunals – Especially After Paris

The Centre for International Governance Innovation’s International Law Research Program invites you to a discussion about climate litigation.

The event will be in Gamle Festsal, University of Oslo, from 16:30-18:30, Tuesday June 21. It is free of charge and open to the public. 

Those attending will have a unique opportunity to hear from and discuss these issues with the key jurists involved in these cases:

  • from Holland – Roger Cox, the Dutch Attorney who imagined and successfully argued the groundbreaking case for the Urgenda Foundation, in which the Court of the Hague found the Dutch government owed a tort duty of care to its citizens requiring the government to rein in carbon emissions by 25% by 2020;
  • from Pakistan – Hon. Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, the Lahore High Court Green Bench Judge who, acting on the complaint of one citizen, found that the Pakistan government had a constitutional duty to protect citizens from climate impacts and ordered the government to take concrete measures to do so;
  • from the United States – Andrea Rodgers, Attorney for Our Childrens’ Trust plaintiffs, who convinced an Oregon state court that the state government had a public trust duty to ensure its greenhouse gas emission standards are sufficiently stringent to protect children from the burden of future climate change emissions;
  • from the Philippines – Zelda dT Soriano, an attorney for Philippine citizens who in 2015 succeeded in having the Philippines Human Right Commission agree to investigate their complaint alleging that large private carbon companies located in other countries have responsibility

This special session will be chaired by veteran environmental attorney David Estrin

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