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New lawsuits and recent rulings are connecting human rights law to the climate crisis in increasingly urgent ways. Last week’s Urgenda ruling in the Netherlands, the complaint filed by Greta Thunberg and 15 other children under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Juliana lawsuit against the U.S. government are a few of the many cases that have captured the attention of the public, advocates, and legal scholars this year.
On February 28, 2020, UCLA’s Promise Institute for Human Rights, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs will host a day-long symposium at UCLA School of Law on Human Rights and the Climate Crisis.
Join us to examine the potential of these and other novel legal arguments, such as framing environmental destruction as an international crime, to both halt and seek remedy for environmental harms. Our symposium will have a particular focus on climate change.