The EUI Climate workshop's February edition will focus on research highlights of the book Indigenous Peoples and Climate Justice: A Critical Analysis of International Human Rights Law and Governance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022). The author, Max Weber Fellow Giada Giacomini, will shed light on the interconnection between climate change, the rights of Indigenous peoples and the opportunities and challenges offered by international human rights law in a climate justice perspective.
The concept of climate justice provides a crucial framework to interpret the current struggles of Indigenous peoples vis-à-vis climate change law and policy. The multi-dimensional concept includes the need for protection of substantive rights from climate change impacts, the promotion of participatory rights in climate change governance, and access to justice (e.g. in the so-called climate litigation ).
The workshop will provide an opportunity to reflect on the role of Indigenous peoples as fundamental actors in the fight against climate change and how their knowledge is crucial to achieve environmental protection.