Mobilizing Rights for Climate Justice: Reviewing the Inuit, Urgenda, and En...

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

CIGI Campus - Room A120

67 Erb Street West

Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2

Canada

View Map

Event description

Description

Mobilizing Rights for Climate Justice: Reviewing the Inuit, Urgenda, and Enjeu Cases

Featuring Sebastien Jodoin, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law of McGill University

In this presentation, Sébastien Jodoin will address three important cases that have invoked human rights in the context of climate change. The initial discussion will focus on the long-term impact of a petition submitted in 2005 by Inuit communities against the United States before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights for the human rights violations caused by climate change. Professor Jodoin will present findings from an in-depth socio-legal analysis of the petition’s influence that draws on semi-structured interviews and participation/observation completed in two Inuit communities in Canada and within the broader transnational advocacy network at the intersections of human rights and climate justice.

Next, Professor Jodoin will discuss a case launched by the Urgenda Foundation against the Dutch government, which has resulted in a decision by the Hague Court of Appeal obliging the Netherlands to increase its ambition in combating climate change on the basis of its human rights obligations. Professor Jodoin will highlight key legal and strategic factors that have shaped Urgenda’s success thus far.

Finally, there will be discussion centering on the first class action climate lawsuit, which was filed against the government of Canada by Environnement Jeunesse in November 2018. Professor Jodoin will address the particular features of the Québec Charter of Rights and Freedoms that make Québec a favourable jurisdiction for rights-based climate litigation. This analysis will highlight the potential and limitations of drawing on human rights law to empower citizens and communities defending their rights from the consequences of a changing climate.

The presentation will start promptly at noon, and will be preceded by a light lunch starting at 11:30am.

Please note that on-site parking is not availble at the CIGI Campus for daytime events. Options for parking in Uptown Waterloo can be found at the following website:http://www.waterloo.ca/en/government/uptown.asp



About the Speaker

Sébastien Jodoin is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law of McGill University and an Associate Member of the McGill School of Environment and the Max Bell School of Public Policy. A 2011 Trudeau Scholar, he has served as a principal investigator for several large-scale research projects funded by SSHRC, FQRSC, and the Ford Foundation.

His research on transnational climate law and policy and the role of human rights in climate governance has appeared in leading peer reviewed journals in law and political science and has been cited in reports produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Centre for International Forestry Research, and the Centre for Global Development. Prior to his appointment at McGill, he worked for Amnesty International Canada, the United Nations, the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, and the Canadian Centre for International Justice.

He has also served as a consultant for a range of international and non-governmental organisations, and currently serves on the board of governors of EnJeu (Environnement Jeunesse). He holds a Ph.D. in environmental studies from Yale University, an M.Phil. in international relations from the University of Cambridge, an LL.M. in international law from the London School of Economics, and B.C.L. and LL.B degrees from McGill University.

Date and Time

Location

CIGI Campus - Room A120

67 Erb Street West

Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2

Canada

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved