Protecting rights through climate change litigation before European courts

Jacques Hartmann (Lead / Corresponding author), Marc Willers

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This article examines the scope for holding States to account for their failure to tackle dangerous climate change by bringing cases before regional European courts. We examine recent developments that demonstrate the difficulties faced by lawyers and activists when pursuing climate-change-related claims before the Court of Justice of the European Union. We then turn to consider rights-based climate complaints filed before the European Court of Human Rights, the hurdles they face and their comparatively better prospects of success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-113
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Human Rights and the Environment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


  • CJEU
  • climate change litigation
  • ECHR
  • ECtHR
  • human rights
  • Paris Agreement
  • standing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Law


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