Climate Litigation in the Global South Project: Call for Expression of Interest – Round Two

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, people with disabilities, and children, and the significance of climate litigation for these groups. Contributors to the second round are expected to present their works 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.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?

We thank everyone who showed interest in our second round. The project is now closed for submissions. 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.