Suing the State for climate change (and holding it to account?)

31.10.2017 10:00 - English

Catalina Vallejo (LawTransform/University of Los Andes), Catherine Banet (Nordisk Institutt for Sjørett/UiO), Esmeralda Colombo (UiB/Faculty of Law) and Lara Côrtes (LawTransform/CMI).

Climate change poses unique challenges for societies and the law. The governance architecture of the Paris Agreement allows for a prominent role of domestic courts in the global effort to stabilize greenhouse gases concentrations in the atmosphere and protect natural and human systems from the impacts of climate change.

As part of a manifold set of strategies to advance transformations, parties are increasingly turning to litigation. A key goal of current court cases is to achieve coherence between a government’s international declarations on needed climate action and their actual land use, energy, and planning policies.

Through content analysis of court decisions in cases against governments around the world, Catalina Vallejo is studying where and how State actors are being sued for climate change, whether a distinct climate jurisprudence (case law) is evolving and what, if any at all, are its main developments and shortcomings.

Catalina Vallejo (LawTransform/University of Los Andes School of Law, Colombia) will present preliminary results from her PhD dissertation.
Catherine Banet (Nordisk Institutt for Sjørett/UiO) and
Esmeralda Colombo (UiB/Faculty of Law) will be the commentators. The seminar will be moderated by
Lara Côrtes.

This event is free and open to all.

Coffee and croissants will be served.

(Picture: Flickr // IIP Photo Archive)

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Bergen Global
Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen

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