Justine Bendel


Dr Justine Bendel is a lecturer in international environmental and climate change law at the University of Leeds. She was previously a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Copenhagen, working on the implementation of global environmental law for the protection of forests. She has recently published her monograph Litigating the Environment (E. Elgar, 2023), investigating how environmental disputes are handled by international courts and tribunals. She has also worked in cases before the ITLOS and the ICJ, as well as at ClientEarth.

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The Recent Genocide Cases and Public Interest Litigation: A Complicated Relationship

Here we go again! On 1 March 2024, Nicaragua instituted proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ, the Court) against Germany for complicity in genocide. This marks another development in a series of disputes pending before the Court in the last four years, where it is asked to decide on whether a State has committed genocidal…

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Bringing Deforestation before an International Court?

  Deforestation is a key issue in the fight against climate change. In all areas of the world, forests are being transformed for different uses, all leading to a loss of forest cover “from 31.6 percent of the global land area to 30.6 percent between 1990 and 2015”. Recently, the Amazon fires have caused concern around the…

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