Linking climate litigation and human rights (M. Averill)


Marilyn Averill


Anthroprogenic activities; emissions; global warming; human rights; climate litigation; climate policy; vulnerability.


Human activities since the beginning of the industrial age have produced emissions that are accelerating natural forces and changing the global climate. The expected impacts on sea levels, temperature, precipitation and storm intensity will stress many human communities and, in many cases, will threaten basic human rights. Climate litigation provides one tool that can be used to shape climate policy and to seek redress from climate-related injuries. This article explores the advantages and disadvantages of linking climate litigation and human rights in order to find effective strategies for protecting those most vulnerable to threats to well-being created by climate change.


(2009) 18(2) Review of European Community and International Environmental Law,139-147.


Linking climate litigation and human rights.