Symposium: Translating Climate Science for the Human Rights Court Room: An Interdisciplinary Encounter between Science and Law

(01-02-2023) Prof. Elisabeth Lambert from Strasbourg University and Nele Schuldt are co-organising a symposium on Scientific Evidence and Climate Litigation before Human Rights Courts, taking place on 2nd March 2023.

In light of the increasing pressure on international human rights adjudicative bodies to adjudicate on matters related to climate change, this symposium brings together eminent contributors from various disciplines to comment on the interpretation of climate science within the judicial setting. Acknowledging that judges will be tasked to engage in this complex, interdisciplinary exercise, the symposium seeks to mirror this complexity by bringing together scientists, historians and legal experts discussing comparative approaches to climate litigation, potential pitfalls, practical challenges as well as options for successful climate litigation before human rights adjudicative bodies. Underpinning this is the endeavour to provide a base line of understanding for various aspects of climate science: ranging from attribution questions concerning distinct emitters to quantifying ambition targets for individual states. The aim of this symposium is thus of two-fold nature: 1) knowledge sharing and providing an instructive part for legislators to use as guide posts when confronted with complex climate science; and 2) opening up an interactive forum between the different disciplines to facilitate a multi-layered, rich understanding of each other’s work.

Date: Thursday 2nd March 2023,

Location: Conference Room, MISHA building/Strasbourg and online (Youtube)

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Nele Schuldt, FWO-funded PhD Candidate, affiliated with DISSECT (Ghent University) and Prof. Élisabeth Lambert, CNRS Research Professor (Unistra, SAGE)


With the support of:

Ghent University
Research Foundation Flanders

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