Online Event: Tackling climate change in the courts and on the ground

Tuesday 23 May 2023

This event was brought to you by the Garden Court Environmental Law and Climate Justice Team.

Date: Tuesday 23 May 2023
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: Online  
Cost: Free
Areas of Law: Environmental Law and Climate Justice , Civil Liberties and Human Rights , Protest Rights , Protest Rights , Pollution , Rights of Nature and Protection of Habitats , Environmental Impact Assessments , Environmental Protest , Climate Change and Fossil Fuel Production , International Environmental Law , International Human Rights

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The Garden Court Environmental Law and Climate Justice Team discussed challenges to woeful carbon emission reduction targets around the world, environmental pollution, and the prosecution of climate protesters. Our speakers also considered the key policy and legislative proposals for limiting climate breakdown.

Irena Sabic KC chaired the event.

Topics included:

  • Using international law and human rights in climate litigation: challenges and strategies
    Paul Clark discussed some of the key challenges of using public international law, and human rights in particular, in the fight against the climate emergency - as well as strategies for overcoming such challenges. In so-doing, he considered developments in recent domestic and international cases, as well as key litigation to watch out for. This included the international case of Duarte Agostinho and Others v Austria and 32 other Member States, where Garden Court members have been instructed to represent 6 Portuguese youth applicants who filed a multi-state climate change complaint with the European Court of Human Rights. 
  • Legislative and policy campaigning
    Oliver Sidorczuk is the co-director of Zero Hour, the campaign advancing the Climate & Ecology Bill in the UK Parliament. His background is in Westminster advocacy campaigns, including the (UK) Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill, and a focus on poverty prevention and democratic reform.

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