Climate Change Litigation in the Global South: Filling in Gaps


New scholarship has identified trends, constraints, and opportunities for climate litigation in the Global South. While countries in the Global South tend to experience a lack of capacity within government agencies, civil society, and the judiciary, the Global South is not a homogenous group. Where climate litigation has been identified, the judiciary is often implementing government policy prescriptions in the absence of detailed climate legislation or filling enforcement gaps. But there are also a number of countries where climate litigation is not taking place or where gaps exist between ongoing litigation and traditional definitions of climate litigation. The scholarship is yet to further explore the relationship between climate legislation and litigation in the Global South, in particular in circumstances where ripe policy and legislative conditions for climate litigation exist. Taking into account different regional and national experiences, this essay explores that relationship.


Setzer, J., & Benjamin, L. (2020). Climate Change Litigation in the Global South: Filling in Gaps. AJIL Unbound, 114, 56-60. doi:10.1017/aju.2020.6


Joana Setzer and Lisa Benjamin

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