Human Rights and Climate Action – Vanuatu and the ICJ

Vanuatu is leading a global coalition to table a UN General Assembly Resolution asking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to clarify the legal obligations for States, under existing international treaties, to do more to protect the planet from climate change. The vote for adoption by the UNGA is expected in mid-March.

Legal tools with the potential to catalyse the sustainability transition are gaining global traction, with other human rights related examples.

In this timely discussion, speakers will assess the importance of this approach to tackling the climate crisis, draw out the detail of the Vanuatuan case and what is required to get it over the line, and review the potential for similar cases to be brought, and to succeed in having real impact.

Join Oxford Smith School researchers and invited speakers as they discuss the efficacy of this ICJ resolution.