Climate Justice Expert Meeting 2019
Climate Justice Expert Meeting - Latin America 2019
Since 2013, the Climate Justice Programme (CJP) has played an important role in convening legal experts, scientists, campaigners and plaintiffs interested in new developments in climate legal initiatives, including litigation and to share lessons, build capacity and networks to enable new legal initiatives to be developed and supported.
In September 2013, the First Climate Justice Expert Meeting (CJEM) was held at American University in Washington DC with lawyers from around the world. This meeting saw the ‘soft launch’ of the carbon majors research and was the commencement of discussions concerning the utility of the research to legal initiatives. The CJEM was followed by the first Climate Justice Case Conference (CJCC), which was held in the Philippines in September 2014, supported by Greenpeace in partnership with local Philippine based lawyers and climate justice campaigners. The CJCC in the Philippines has triggered the ground breaking Petition to the Philippine Human Rights Commission, which is now investigating the responsibility of the investor owned carbon majors for human rights violations or threatened rights violations resulting from climate change and ocean acidification.
In May 2016 the second CJEM was held in Thailand. CJEM 2016 was attended by more than 60 lawyers and climate justice activists from 19 countries, mostly across the Asia and Pacific region. It was also attended by several international experts involved in climate justice legal initiatives, including an initiative to establish a Climate Justice Fund (CJF), dedicated to providing funding to climate justice related legal initiatives. In June 2017, the third CJEM was held in Nairobi, Kenya. More than 60 lawyers and climate activists from 20 countries participated, enhancing collaboration to strengthen legal strategies across Africa and the world.
A large number of new climate legal initiatives have been identified at these meeting and several are now moving forward in Indonesia, Fiji and possibly countries in Africa. We most recently convened a climate justice case conference as one follow up activity in Jakarta, Indonesia and some positive progress is being made in Fiji with the assistance of local lawyers there. New steps are underway also to kick start legal initiatives in Kenya and Zambia as a result of the Nairobi meeting.
In June 2019, we host a meeting in Mexico to engage and learn from ongoing legal climate strategies develop in Latin America, as well as bring together lawyers and civil society representatives who have engaged in the previous CJEMs and are active in relation to climate law globally.
The Latin American CJEM´s purpose is to gather climate legal experts working in various countries across the region to share experiences and lessons learned from legal strategies in place that advance effective measures to tackle climate change and promote environmental justice. The meeting will also strengthen the existing global climate justice network by engaging with stakeholders with knowledge on strategies that work for the Latin American context and understand the challenges faced by climate practitioners. A three -day meeting will be held during june 2019. A first day focused on providing capacity building to stakeholders interested in engaging in legal strategies and litigation to tackle climate change. A second day to share information and lessons learned about on-going climate related cases across the region and legal strategies to advance climate policy legislation. The third day will provide a space to identify new initiatives, find partnerships to work on existing cases and to strategize on next steps.
Participants will come from local, regional and international institutions working with climate change legal strategies in Latin America, including North, Central and South America. Strategies include climate litigation and those that advance the adoption of national policy and legal frameworks to tackle climate change. The meeting expects to have 100 participants.