Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

Human Rights and the Climate Crisis Symposium

Join us to examine the potential of these and other novel legal arguments, such as framing environmental destruction as an international crime, to both halt and seek remedy for environmental harms. Our symposium will have a particular focus on climate change.

New lawsuits and recent rulings are connecting human rights to the climate crisis in increasingly urgent ways. The Urgenda ruling in the Netherlands, the complaint filed by Greta Thunberg and others under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Philippines' Commission on Human Rights' finding against fossil-fuel companies exemplify recent cases that have captured the attention of the public, advocates, and legal scholars.

On February 28, 2020, UCLA's Promise Institute for Human RightsEmmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs will host a symposium at UCLA School of Law on Human Rights and the Climate Crisis. At the daylong event, leading lawyers, scholars, and activists will examine the potential of rights-based arguments to halt and seek remedy for environmental harms, with a focus on climate change.

Kumi Naidoo, former head of Greenpeace and Amnesty International, and Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres, General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, will deliver keynote speeches.

The event is free and open to the public. Your RSVP is required.

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