Archive for the ‘International’ category

In a new working paper, Sabin Center intern Dane Warren examines the authority of the United Nations Security Council to address global climate change. The paper considers what actions the Security Council has taken with regard to climate change thus far, and what actions the Security Council could legally take going forward. The author finds […]

Jessica Wentz Associate Director and Postdoctoral Fellow On June 30, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a new resolution re-affirming the relationship between climate change and human rights. This resolution builds on three previous UNHRC resolutions (18/22, 7/23, and 10/4) and a 2009 report published by the Office of the High Commissioner for […]

Nathan Utterback Sabin Center Summer Intern Last month marked an important development in the UN’s process of identifying climate change goals and establishing an action plan for the near future. Committees of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met from June 1 through June 11 in Bonn, Germany to discuss implementation goals leading […]

Each month, Arnold & Porter and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law collect and summarize developments in climate-related litigation, which we also add to our U.S. and non-U.S. climate litigation charts.  If you know of any cases we have missed, please email us at columbiaclimate at gmail dot com. Here are the latest additions to the Climate Case Chart […]

Dane Warren and Nathan Utterback Sabin Center Summer Interns and Rising 2Ls at Columbia Law School On June 30, 2015, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held a special meeting on the topic “The Role of Climate Change as a Threat Multiplier for Social Security.” Convened at UN headquarters in New York by the Spanish and […]

New York, July 2, 2015—The U.N. Security Council could take action to help the world prepare for and cope with future mass displacement caused by climate change, Columbia Law School Professor Michael B. Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law told the international body in a June 30 presentation. Climate change-related sea […]

Bri Cornish Sabin Center Summer Intern & Rising 2L at Columbia Law School On Monday, June 8th, leaders from small island nations around the South Pacific issued the “People’s Declaration for Climate Justice.” The declaration unites the island nations, which are particularly vulnerable to the calamitous impacts of climate change, against large international companies emitting greenhouse gases, […]

By Michael B. Gerrard This morning the Hague District Court issued its decision in a lawsuit brought by the Urgenda Foundation against the State of the Netherlands. The court ordered the Dutch state to limit annual greenhouse gas emissions from the country to 25% below 1990 levels by 2020. The government had pledged a 17% reduction, but […]

By Michael B. Gerrard The remarkable Encyclical Letter issued last week by Pope Francis could be read as a primer on the importance and idealized operation of many of our environmental laws. The headings below are mine; the text is from the Vatican.​ National Environmental Policy Act ​183. Environmental impact assessment should not come after the drawing up […]

Jessica Wentz Associate Director and Postdoctoral Fellow Saturday, June 20 is World Refugee Day – an occasion for recognizing the plight of millions of people who have been forced to leave their homes due to conflict, persecution, natural disasters, and other circumstances beyond their control. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and other civil society […]

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