According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the number of people displaced by natural disasters and the effects of climate change will grow exponentially over the next few decades. This first article of a two-part series introduces some of the challenges stemming from cross-border disaster displacement, and examines the context which led to the launch of the Platform on Disaster Displacement and the 2015 Protection Agenda.
The Escazú Agreement is a multilateral treaty across Latin America and the Caribbean committing to people’s right to a healthy environment. It has been signed by 24 countries and ratified by 12 in an unprecedented move to protect the environment in the region. The judicial system is an essential part of protecting and giving rights to nature.
The Aarhus Convention regulates access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters.
This article examines the landmark judgment by the Australian Federal Court in Sharma v Minister for the Environment, which found that the federal minister for the environment owes all Australian children a duty of care to protect them from the devastating future impacts of the climate crisis on their health and financial wellbeing, as well as on the existence of Australia as we know it today.
Article 11(2) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights protects civilians’ rights to an adequate standard of living. The current climate crisis is putting food security at risk in turn threatening the rights outlined in the convention. Arguably, the convention is not doing enough to ensure the rights entailed in this convention are upheld and is incapable of responding to environmental threats.
The case Aguinda vs. ChevronTexaco over the spilling of oil was extraordinary in a way that the oil company was acquitted of the charge, while the opposing lawyer lost everything.
by Reinout Debergh The accusers and the accused On April 4th, 2018, Dutch NGO Milieudefensie started a lawsuit against Shell. On February 12th, 2019, six other Dutch NGO’s joined Milieudefensie as plaintiffs (those who bring a case to court) . On the other side of the court, there was Shell. Shell is listed as 7th...