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Climate Change Mitigation as the New Human Rights Obligation: Analyzing the 2024 Climate Change Decisions in the European Court of Human Rights
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS). (Human Rights)
2024 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 12 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In 2020 the European Court of Human Rights received applications KlimaSeniorinnen and Others v Switzerland and Duarte Agostinho and Others v Portugal and 32 Others. Verein KlimaSerioninnen Schweiz is an association of some 2500 elderly Swiss women experiencing health issues due to rising temperatures. Applicants in the Duarte case are six Portuguese children and young people experiencing especially the mental health implications of the insufficient European climate policies. The applications claimed for the respondent governments to violate their human rights under Articles 2 (right to life) and 8 (right to respect for private- and family life) of the European Convention of Human Rights. The Grand Chamber of judges delivered decisions for these cases on April 9th 2024. The Court ruled in favor of the Swiss association KlimaSeniorinnen and rejected the rest of the climate change applicants on grounds of admissibility. 

In my thesis project, I examine the 2024 decisions focusing especially on questions of victim status and causality. By discussing the rulings this thesis will map out criteria the potential climate change applicants must meet when seeking climate justice from the European Court of Human Rights.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2024. , p. 40
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Malmö Studies in Global Politics
Keywords [en]
ECHR; ECtHR; Climate Change; Duarte Agostinho; KlimaSeniorinnen; Victim Status; Causality; Climate Responsibility; Right to Respect for Private- and Family Life
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Law and Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-68602OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-68602DiVA, id: diva2:1867987
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KS GPS Human Rights
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2024-05-31, AS:U312, Jan Waldenströms gata 25, 205 06, Malmö, 11:38 (English)
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Available from: 2024-06-11 Created: 2024-06-11 Last updated: 2024-06-11Bibliographically approved

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