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KDEC 9690 - Climate Change and Human Rights

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 8

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The purpose of this workshop is to understand the relationship between climate change and human rights. Climate change is a threat for significant human rights: rights to life, food, water, health, education, housing, property, privacy, development and even self-determination for countries exposed to the rise of the sea level. The link between climate change and some of these rights will be examined through the case law of regional and human rights courts, notably the European Court of Human Rights. A particular attention will be paid on the consequences of climate change for vulnerable segments of the population: children, women, poor people, elderly people and displaced people. The workshop will further examine whether climate change violates human rights law (causality) and whether sovereign countries are bound by obligations under human rights law to combat climate change. Reflection will focus on the duties that human rights law pose or should pose on countries as duty-bearers from a climate change mitigation perspective. The use of human rights norms and principles such participation and information, transparency, accountability, equity and non-discrimination will be reviewed in that context. The ultimate objective of the workshop will be to assess whether the 2015 Paris agreement adequately addressed the relationship between climate change and human rights and offered satisfactory solutions to that extent. Thoughts and proposals on climate justice, access to remedy and the protection of the rights of climate displaced people under public international law will form the conclusion of the workshop.


LE BORGN', Pierre-Yves (Ancien député)