‘Taking Governments to Court: Climate Litigation and its Consequences’

“The volume of climate cases brought against national governments is on the rise. In many such cases, courts have found in favour of those endeavouring to force states to radically improve on commitments to tackle the effects, and limit the extent, of anthropogenic climate change. Climate policymaking is not a matter for the judiciary, but where policy has been formed, courts can have an important role in its supervision and enforcement. This paper begins by offering a detailed assessment of three landmark European cases: the Urgenda case (2019), taken in the Netherlands; the Friends of the Irish Environment case in Ireland (2020); and Neubauer et al in Germany (2021) …” (more)

[Institute of International and European Affairs, 30 July]

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