Climate Litigation Accelerator

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CLX, based at NYU Law's Earth Rights Advocacy Clinic, is a global collaborative hub that catalyzes legal strategies, tools, and ideas needed to secure urgent and ambitious climate action.

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Publications

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by César Rodríguez Garavito

If human rights are to remain relevant in the Anthropocene, budding theoretical, doctrinal, and advocacy efforts from within the field to address the climate emergency need to be deepened and expanded.

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by César Rodríguez Garavito

If slowing climate change is a game, how is it going and what’s left to accomplish?

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by Melina De Bona

The human rights and climate change movement should make use of less conspicuous tools, like the administrative agency, and target forms of exploitation as a way of challenging corporate power in the climate change fight.

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Court

by CLX, Christina Voigt, & CHRGJ

CLX – in collaboration with Professor Christina Voigt and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice – submitted an intervention in the Swiss Senior Women v. Switzerland case currently before the European Court of Human Rights. In this intervention, they examined the court precedent that demonstrates that the elderly can rightfully be considered victims of climate change even though global warming has at least some effects on everyone. They also explained how certain provisions of the Paris Agreement interact with countries’ human rights obligations such that developed countries must act swiftly to bring emissions to net zero.

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by César Rodríguez-Garavito

The climate emergency poses an existential challenge to the human rights project. If human rights are to remain relevant in the Anthropocene, budding theoretical, doctrinal, and advocacy efforts to address the climate emergency need to be deepened and expanded. The task of urgently advancing climate action through rights-based norms, frames and tactics is called “climatizing” human rights in this paper. In this paper, Rodríguez-Garavito focuses on economic and social rights (ESRs) and proposes two avenues for the climatization of ESRs. Climatizing ESRs through these two avenues would ensure there is a vast space for human activities that are productive, equitable, regenerative, and respectful of future generations and the planet.

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by César Rodríguez-Garavito

This article analyzes the rise and proliferation of human rights-based climate change (HRCC) litigation. It presents the results of a study of the universe of HRCC cases filed in domestic courts and in regional and international judicial and quasi-judicial bodies around the world. This article focuses on the period after the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, during which the large majority of cases have been filed or decided.

Highlights

Videos

So much about your sustainability, my people are dying
Ayisha Siddiqa — human rights and land defender and Fellow at NYU Law’s Climate Litigation Accelerator — offered a powerful commentary on the urgent need for climate justice and for world leaders to do much, much more to protect the lives and wellbeing of those most vulnerable to climate change, including those in Ayisha’s community in Pakistan. To hear Ayisha’s speech — titled “So much about your sustainability, my people are dying” — watch the video above.