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Online seminar

Wednesday, 19. October 2022 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Save in my calendar

Online seminar

Global Calls for Climate Justice before International Tribunals

Since last year's online seminar on climate litigation before international tribunals a lot has happened:

Building on the work of youth movements, Vanuatu’s efforts for a UNGA resolution calling for an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJAO) on climate change and human rights continue. A vote in the General Assembly is expected in the coming months.

The Human Rights Committee delivered its decision in the Torres Strait Islanders case, in a big victory for the islanders, finding Australia in breach of its human rights obligations, through its inaction on climate change.

Both approaches are united in their calls for justice in the face of the climate crisis.

In this seminar we will speak with experts about the opportunities and challenges of their work, discuss why smaller actors, such as small island states and island communities are increasingly taking their causes to international courts and tribunals, and how developments such as the recent recognition of the right to a healthy environment by the United Nations General Assembly, the Torres Strait decision and the ICJAO interact with one another.


  • Dr. Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh, professor of public international law at Leiden University and lawyer with Blue Ocean Law, advising the Republic of Vanuatu
  • Sophie Marjanac, Senior Lawyer and Climate Accountability Lead at ClientEarth, lawyer for the Torres Strait Islanders
  • Solomon Yeo, Campaign Director, Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change

Facilitation: Lea Main-Klingst, Lawyer for Public International Law at ClientEarth


Annette Kraus, International Environmental Policy Division

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