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Climate Justice and the Role of International Law

Time (GMT +00) 14:00 15:30
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The planet is facing an existential climate crisis.

International law already contains obligations to prevent harm to the environment and protect human rights, but how can these obligations be used to spur transformative climate action by states?

A growing coalition of more than 80 nations, led by Vanuatu, is calling for a non-binding Advisory Opinion from the UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the obligations of states under international law to protect the rights of present and future generations against the adverse effects of climate change. These countries hope to gain clarity on how existing international laws can be applied to strengthen action on climate change, protect people and the environment and save the Paris Agreement.

This public event, hosted by ODI’s Resilient and Sustainable Islands Initiative (RESI), will bring legal, human rights, climate change and international development specialists together to discuss this and other multilateral initiatives, as well as lessons from national climate litigation.

This event is online only, and will be livestreamed to the public on the day. Simultaneous Spanish/English translation will be available.

Register now to receive a calendar invite, URL and reminder.


  • Sara Pantuliano

    ODI Chief Executive

  • Emily Wilkinson

    ODI Senior Research Fellow and RESI Director

  • Christopher Bartlett

    Climate Diplomacy Manager, Republic of Vanuatu

  • Nadia Sánchez Castillo-Winckels

    International Lawyer, Climate Legal Consulting and Visiting Researcher, Utrecht University

  • Cristián Delpiano Lira

    President of the Second Environmental Tribunal, Chile

  • Digno Montalván

    Lawyer and Pre-doctoral Researcher, University Carlos III of Madrid

  • The Hon. Ralph Regenvanu

    Minister for Climate Change, Republic of Vanuatu

  • Harjeet Singh

    Climate Justice Lead, Climate Action Network International