Category: Latin America

  • Landmark Court Decision on Right to a Healthy Environment: La Oroya v Peru

    Landmark Court Decision on Right to a Healthy Environment: La Oroya v Peru

    By David Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment. “Environmental degradation can cause irreparable damage to human beings, which is why a healthy environment is a fundamental right for the existence of humanity.” – Inter-American Court of Human Rights, 2024 The Inter-American Court of Human Rights handed down a landmark decision on Friday, March…

  • Gender in Climate Litigation in Latin America: Epistemic Justice Through a Feminist Lens

    Gender in Climate Litigation in Latin America: Epistemic Justice Through a Feminist Lens

    This piece is part of GNHRE’s series dedicated to climate litigation in Latin America. We will begin with this blog by Natalia Urzola Gutiérrez, an SJD student at Pace University and GNHRE’s COO. In recent years, Latin America has positioned itself as a fertile hub in emerging strategic climate litigation. Latin America’s climate litigation has…

  • COP26: Perspectives from Latin America

    COP26: Perspectives from Latin America

    By Maria Antonia Tigre* Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) contribute about 10% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While most LAC countries have taken steps to address climate change through a series of measures, such as forest protection and energy transition, the region’s emissions are steadily growing. Although energy accounts for a large share…