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Climate change cases before human rights courts and treaty bodies

Add to calendar 2023-04-14 09:00 2023-04-14 18:30 Europe/Rome Climate change cases before human rights courts and treaty bodies Sala del Consiglio & Zoom YYYY-MM-DD


14 April 2023

9:00 - 18:30 CEST


Sala del Consiglio & Zoom

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Expert workshop and PhD Colloquium on human rights and climate change.

Climate change is one of the main challenges facing humanity today. Without rapid and decisive action, it will be the main challenge, an existential threat to people and other living organisms. There are many approaches to combating climate change, including intergovernmental negotiations and action through international organizations, social mobilization and protest, efforts to engage corporations and the business community to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and searching through the repository of law for tools that could be used to compel the unwilling. This one-day expert workshop followed by a PhD colloquium will focus on legal tools in the field of human rights and the prospects of human rights litigation for turning the tide of climate change. While taking into account developments in domestic law, general international law and international environmental law, the event will in particular explore developments in and prospects of human rights litigation before regional human rights courts and international human rights treaty bodies in trying to address climate change and its adverse effects as they constitute or cause human rights violations.

The list of speakers and commentators include many of the leading international experts in this rapidly evolving field, including: Helen Keller (Zürich), John Knox (Wake Forest University), Gerry Liston (Global Legal Action Network), Sophie Marjanac (ClientEarth), Marko Milanovic (University of Reading), Katie Pentney (Oxford), César Rodríguez-Garavito (New York University), Martin Scheinin (Oxford and EUI), Erik Voeten (Georgetown), Christina Voigt (Oslo), Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh (Amsterdam), and Gentian Zyberi (Oslo).

The workshop will be followed by a PhD colloquium on 15 April. 

As the capacity of the room (50 persons) has been reached, from 7 March 2023 onwards new registrations will be recorded as registrations for participating remotely, in a Webinar format.



John Knox (UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment)

César Rodríguez-Garavito (Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU School of Law)

Prof. Martin Scheinin (EUI - Law Department)

Professor Erik Voeten (Georgetown University)

Margaretha Johanna Wewerinke (EUI - Department of Law)

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