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The Children are the Future – Or Not? Exploring The Complexities of the Relationship between the Rights of Children and Future Generations

This piece addresses an issue of growing importance in international human rights law (IHRL): namely, the relationship between children’s rights and future generations’ rights. This matter is particularly pressing in the context of the growing body of standard-setting, scholarship and practice in the areas of climate justice and environmental protection. However, it has also been a longer-standing (albeit often lower profile) concern in the context of sustainable development and other work in IHRL addressing issues of inter-generational equity and justice. In all of these contexts there have been increasing linkages made between the rights of children and those of future generations – linkages that have been reinforced by the growing body of climate litigation and adjudication at the national level (and the discussion generated by such) which has been focused on the impacts of environmental harm on the rights of born children and as future generations (whether defined as those already born or those not yet born). While children’s rights is a well-established and developed area of IHRL, FG rights is at a much…

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Victim Status before the ECtHR in Cases of Alleged Omissions: The Swiss Climate Case

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) announced on Friday, 29th April, that the Swiss Climate case will be dealt with by the Grand Chamber. In accordance with article 30 of the ECHR, the competent Chamber relinquished jurisdiction in favour of the Grand Chamber. This option can be used when the seven…

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Energy Lessons from the Ukraine Crisis

It is a cliché that wars are fought over energy access.  It is just as trite to point out the illegality of military action to secure energy resources for oneself or to deny energy access to adversaries.  As sanctions against Russia and against Ukrainian separatist regions come into focus, energy access again comes front and center.  Germany’s…

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Beyond COP26: Time for an Advisory Opinion on Climate Change?

The recent Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP26) provided a stark reminder of the gap between states’ planned greenhouse emission reductions and the global temperature goal enshrined in the Paris Agreement. The conference also dramatically showcased once more the plight of vulnerable nations faced with the devastating impacts of rising sea levels and extreme weather events.

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Breaking a Taboo: Fossil Fuels at COP26

For nearly 30 years, the international legal regime addressing climate change has kept largely silent about the major driver of the problem it seeks to address: fossil fuels. The Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP26) that concluded last week has broken this taboo by including, for the first time, references to the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies…

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