The Status of Climate Change Litigation: A Global Review

United Nations Environment Programme  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
4. December 2017

Over the last decade, laws codifying national and international responses to climate change have grown in number, specificity, and importance. As these laws have recognised new rights and created new duties, litigation seeking to challenge either their facial validity or their particular application has followed. So too has litigation aimed at pressing legislators and policymakers to be more ambitious and thorough in their approaches to climate change. This report, published by the United Nations Environment Programme, provides judges, advocates, researchers, and the international community with an of-the-moment survey of global climate change litigation, an overview of litigation trends, and descriptions of key issues that courts must resolve in the course of climate change cases. One purpose of this report is to assist judges in understanding the nature and goals of different types of  climate change cases, issues that arecommon to these cases, and how the particularities of political, legal, and environmental settings factor in to their resolution.

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