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Just Transition Litigation in Latin America: Sabin Center Launches New Report

Looking at 20 just transition lawsuits from Latin America, the report analyzes what arguments are being made and how those arguments have been received by the courts.

by Maria Antonia Tigre |January 4, 2023

Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit Moves Forward as German Judges Arrive in Peru

An Indigenous Peruvian farmer is suing one of Europe’s largest CO2 emitters, the German energy firm RWE AG, for the costs of protecting his town from flooding. The case is progressing again after delays from COVID-19, and court-appointed experts are evaluating the risk posed by the glacial lake.

by |August 4, 2022
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Advancements in Climate Rights in Courts Around the World

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in West Virginia. v. EPA, rulings in other countries demonstrate that courts worldwide remain an important forum for potentially advancing climate rights.

by Maria Antonia Tigre |July 6, 2022
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New Report on U.S. Climate Litigation in the Age of Trump

The new white paper takes stock of 378 U.S. climate cases that responded or interacted with federal policy and law during the Trump administration.

by Korey Silverman-Roati |June 23, 2021
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German Court Sides With Youth Climate Activists to Safeguard Human Rights

The court ordered an expansion of the country’s carbon emissions law on the same day as an announcement that Germany’s glaciers could be gone in a decade.

by |May 28, 2021
The “Rights of Nature” movement advocates for ecosystems such as rivers, lakes, and mountains to bear legal rights

The Rights of Nature — Can an Ecosystem Bear Legal Rights?

And if rivers and lakes had rights, could that help in the fight against climate change?

by Tiffany Challe |April 22, 2021
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The Status of Global Climate Change Legal Action: a New Report

The report provides a fresh analysis of the recurring legal issues in many of these cases, and discusses likely future directions.

by Jennifer Danis and Romany Webb |January 27, 2021
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Five Years In, Legal Team Behind Groundbreaking Huaraz Case Remains Optimistic

A recent panel discussion provided an update on the case of a Peruvian farmer who is taking on one of the world’s largest energy companies over its carbon emissions. 

by |December 4, 2020
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U.S. Climate Change Litigation in the Age of Trump: Year Two

A new report documents 94 attempts by the Trump Administration to undermine climate protections in 2017 and 2018—and finds that the courts have largely constrained these rollbacks.

A Preview of How Climate Science Could Play Out in ‘Juliana v. United States’ Courtroom

Climate change lawyers break down the key arguments and points of contention for “the trial of the century.”