Protecting Human Rights through Climate Law Litigation
Authors
Gross Thomas
Language
English
Pages
14
2023/ Vol. 35, no 1, (127)
Type
Digital edition
10.00 €

Protecting Human Rights through Climate Law Litigation

Thomas Groß

University of Osnabrück, Germany

Global warming has a negative impact on the rights of human beings. The jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights has recognized positive obligations to protect against dangerous activities as well as against natural disasters. Duties to take measures against climate change have been recognized by several national courts but they did not act as lawmakers. The judiciary has to adapt the existing human rights law to the circumstances of a global problem with a completely new dimension, but in the end the decisions how to act will remain in the political sphere.

Le réchauffement climatique a un impact négatif sur les droits des êtres humains. La jurisprudence de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme a reconnu des obligations positives de protection contre les activités dangereuses et contre les catastrophes naturelles. L’obligation de prendre des mesures contre le changement climatique a été reconnue par plusieurs tribunaux nationaux, mais ils n’ont pas agi en tant que législateurs. Le pouvoir judiciaire doit adapter la législation existante en matière de droits de l’homme aux circonstances d’un problème mondial dont les dimensions sont totalement nouvelles, mais en fin de compte, les décisions sur la manière d’agir continueront à relever de la sphère politique.

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