Model Statute for Proceedings Challenging Government Failure to Act on Climate Change

An International Bar Association Climate Change Justice and Human Rights Task Force Report


This new Model Statute would lower such hurdles. Building on recent successes and judicial reasoning, it highlights the role of litigation in setting requirements for governments to protect the public. With the advice of leading experts, the Model Statute provides detailed rationales, precedents and 23 specific Articles for reforms. The adoption of some or all of the Model Statute by judges, rules of court or policy-makers will help ensure a critical and timely reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in pursuit of climate justice..

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Opening remarks

  • Ms. Amal Clooney Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers and Deputy Chair of the High Level Panel
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  • Mr. Nadim Houry Executive Director Arab Reform Initiative, human rights lawyer and member of the High Level Panel
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  • Mr. Christophe Deloire Executive Director and Secretary General, Reporters Without Borders
  • Ms Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Professor Can Yeginsu Barrister, 4 New Square Chambers and member of the High Level Panel
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  • Baroness Helena Kennedy QC Director, IBAHRI and member of the High Level Panel

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If you have information about any new cases, changes in court or tribunal procedures where climate issues are involved, or anything else you think may be relevant for readers of the Model Statute to be aware of, please send a link to the document or a scanned copy electronically to the current Co-Chairs of the Expert Working Group that guided development of the Model Statute: