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With their Klimaschutzgesetz and Shell decision of April-May 2021, the German constitutional court and the District Court of The Hague have given new traction to the European wave of climate change litigation. At first sight, both decisions establish a clear link between human rights and the transition to zero net emissions (compared to pre-industrial times) that climate science suggests must be completed by 2050 in order to keep the most disruptive consequences of climate change at bay.

Event details of A human right to a (somewhat) stable climate?
Date 11 June 2021
Time 13:00 -15:00

Both decisions are ground-breaking in their way: while the Bundesverfassungsgericht opens new ground under German law and sets a remarkable constitutional precedent, the Dutch Shell case for the first time attaches liability for emissions reduction to an individual actor. This poses questions on the role of courts, the international legal order and separation of powers that the University of Amsterdam Sustainable Global Economic Law group wishes to offer a first appraisal of on 11 June 2021, 1-3 pm, in a zoom discussion with internal experts and an engaged external chair.

Chair: Prof dr Marjan Peeters, professor of Environmental Law and Policy, University of Maastricht


Dr Laura Burgers, Amsterdam Centre for Transformative Private Law

Prof dr Christina Eckes, director, Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Prof dr André van Nollkaemper, Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Centre for International Law

Prof dr Ingo Venzke, director, Amsterdam Centre for International Law