Call for expressions of interest in the GNHRE Climate Litigation in the Global South Project – Round 2 (2023/2024): The significance of climate litigation for vulnerable groups in the Global South
VULNERABILITIES: Children, women, disabilities, Indigenous groups
The Global Network of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE) and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School are launching the second round of the Climate Litigation in the Global South project. Under the leadership of Maria Antonia Tigre and Melanie Murcott, the project highlights advancements in, and obstacles to, climate litigation in the Global South, principally from the perspective of scholars and practitioners from the Global South, particularly in relation to the application and implementation of human rights.
For its second round, the project will use a vulnerability lens, drawing on perspectives of those who are particularly vulnerable to climate change, including Indigenous peoples, women, and children, and the significance of climate litigation for these groups. We are now calling for expressions of interest from early and mid-level career scholars or legal practitioners to participate as authors in the second round of the project, and established climate change law specialists scholars or legal practitioners to participate as members of our expert editorial team. Expressions of interest by authors should include an abstract of no more than 300 words for presentation at a workshop in the first quarter of 2023 (date and time to be confirmed), and subsequent development into an article or chapter for publication in a peer-reviewed international journal or edited volume in the first quarter of 2024. The abstract must engage with the particular impacts of climate change on groups particularly vulnerable to climate change, especially Indigenous peoples, women, and children, with a particular focus on the use of climate litigation to respond to vulnerabilities. While our invitation is primarily aimed at contributors from the Global South engaged in research on the experiences and perspectives of these vulnerable groups in the Global South, this round of the project will make an exception by also considering expressions of interest submitted by scholars from elsewhere whose main research focus is on Indigenous peoples and vulnerable groups in other parts of the globe.
Abstracts should address one or more of the following questions (or related issues):
- How have the voices of vulnerable groups impacted climate litigation so far?
- What are the legal grounds for climate litigation brought by vulnerable plaintiffs/applicants? How are these different from other plaintiffs/applicants?
- In what ways do procedural rules (standing, admissibility criteria, etc) foster or impede climate justice for vulnerable groups in climate litigation?
- Have substantive and procedural rules developed (either due to historical or political contexts or other factors) in the Global South or elsewhere in ways that advance climate justice and the claims of vulnerable groups in climate litigation?
- Has climate litigation impacted the struggles for climate justice of vulnerable groups so far?
- How has climate litigation brought by Indigenous groups addressed the tension of using colonial institutions to try and achieve justice?
- How have Indigenous ideologies/methodologies/philosophies/expertise influenced the legal arguments used in climate litigation?
- How are children seeking to overcome the procedural challenges of exercising their right to be heard in climate litigation?
- What is the significance of children’s voices being largely excluded from institutions and democratic processes, rendering climate litigation a particularly important site of struggle for intergenerational justice?
Expressions of interest are due no later than 20 September 2022, by completing the form available here. Abstracts will be reviewed by an editorial team, and selected on a competitive basis. A workshop will be convened early in 2023 to present abstracts, and participants will be expected to develop their abstracts into an article or chapter for inclusion in a peer-reviewed international journal or edited volume for submission by July 2023. The journal or edited volume will be published early in 2024.