Climate change justice calls for enhanced legal regimes

The need for new legal regimes to achieve climate change justice is addressed in a newly published IBA report.

The report, Achieving Justice and Human Rights in an Era of Climate Disruption, is the result of the work of the IBA Presidential Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights, chaired by environmental law specialist David Estrin and human rights advocate Baroness Helena Kennedy QC.

The IBA Task Force was launched in 2012 to address the issue of climate injustice, human rights and challenges to the current national and international legal regimes on climate change.

It contains over 50 recommendations to achieve greater justice and protection for human rights in the global response to climate change. One of the areas identified where climate change justice measures may be enhanced is bilateral and regional trade agreements.

The report will be further discussed at a Showcase Session on 22 October 2014 at the IBA Annual meeting in Tokyo.

Read the full report here

The SCC has discussed sustainable development and dispute resolution on previous occasions, arguing that international investment law can enhance actions to mitigate climate change.

In an article published earlier this year in the Swedish environmental journal Miljöaktuellt, SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson explains the SCC view.

Read the article in English here

Read the article in Swedish here