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Tackling climate change in the courts and on the ground

Join the Garden Court Environmental Law and Climate Justice Team online to hear them discuss challenges to woeful carbon emission reduction targets around the world, environmental pollution, and the prosecution of climate protesters. Our speakers will also consider the key policy and legislative proposals for limiting climate breakdown.

Irena Sabic KC will be chairing the event.

Topics will include:

Recent domestic and international cases

Marc Willers KC will provide an overview of the latest developments in climate litigation, including the Swiss Senior Women case heard in the ECtHR in March 2023 (KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz v Switzerland). He will also discuss Aghaji and Garforth v Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, challenging the Government’s Net Zero Strategy, MCS, Richard Haward Oysters v SSEFRA, which aims to compel the Government to rewrite its Storm Overflows Discharges Reduction Plan, and Finch v Surrey County Council and Horse Hill Developments Ltd (with Friends of the Earth Ltd intervening) to be heard in the Supreme Court in June 2023. Marc will also discuss an international appeal to the Privy Council brought on behalf of the inhabitants of Barbuda in several challenges against the state, to be heard in May 2023.

Using international law and human rights in climate litigation: challenges and strategies
Paul Clark will discuss some of the key challenges of using public international law, and human rights in particular, in the fight against the climate emergency – as well as strategies for overcoming such challenges. In so-doing, he will consider developments in recent domestic and international cases, as well as key litigation to watch out for. This will include the international case of Duarte Agostinho and Others v Austria and 32 other Member States, where Garden Court members have been instructed to represent 6 Portuguese youth applicants who filed a multi-state climate change complaint with the European Court of Human Rights.

Environmental protestor rights

Stephanie Harrison KC, Audrey Cherryl Mogan, and Owen Greenhall of the Garden Court Chambers Protest Team will outline recent developments in case law and the impact of measures including injunctions as well as the fear of prosecution and contempt of court for environmental protestors and those working to campaign against climate change in the criminal and civil courts.
Legislative and policy campaigning

Oliver Sidorczuk is the co-director of Zero Hour, the campaign advancing the Climate & Ecology Bill in the UK Parliament. His background is in Westminster advocacy campaigns, including the (UK) Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill, and a focus on poverty prevention and democratic reform.

Follow the link to book online. This is a hybrid event but in-person places are fully booked.

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