Keynote by César Rodríguez-Garavito: Social Rights in Climate Lawfare

Date, time: 21 August 2020, 15.00-15.45



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As the climate crisis intensified and became acutely visible over the last few years, advocacy organizations are increasingly taking governments and corporations to court. Importantly, human rights actors, who had initially been slow to take on the climate emergency, have joined and boosted this trend and infused climate litigation with human rights norms, concepts and frameworks. This keynote lecture will explore the origins, legal innovations, conceptual challenges and practical impact of rights-based climate litigation around the world, with particular attention to cases based on socio-economic rights that tackle the deeply unequal impact of global warming on different populations and countries.

César Rodríguez-Garavito is a director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law and the Editor-in-Chief of Open Global Rights. He has been as visiting professor at Stanford, Brown, the University of Melbourne, European University Institute, University of Pretoria, the Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil) and the Andean University of Quito. He has published widely on global governance, international human rights, climate litigation, socio-environmental conflicts, and business and human rights. He has served as expert witness of Inter-American Court of Human Rights, an Adjunct Judge of the Constitutional Court of Colombia, a member of the Science Panel for the Amazon and a lead litigator in climate change, socioeconomic rights and indigenous rights cases.

This event is part of the Bergen Exchanges on Law and Social Transformation. It is free and open to all. Please note that according to corona virus regulations all participants must keep a distance of at least one metre from each other and maintain good hand hygiene. Your name and phone number will be registered and kept for 10 days. If you have any respiratory tract symptoms you should stay at home.

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