IBA Annual Litigation Forum 2022

27 Apr - 29 Apr 2022

Session information

Panel 5: Invoking human rights in climate change cases against private actors, such as companies


As the links between climate change, protection of the environment and human rights are being expressly recognised at the international level, there has been a proliferation of cases against states and governments using rights-based approaches to tackle inaction on climate change. International and regional human rights law is also being deployed in litigation against corporates by claimants seeking to establish accountability for the harmful effects of climate change. This panel will highlight the driving force behind this emerging trend, discuss the legal bases of such claims and consider the likely trajectory of rights-based arguments against corporates in the future.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Anna Kirkpatrick Clifford Chance LLP, London, England; External Communications Officer, Business Human Rights Committee


Monica Feria Tinta Twenty Essex, London, England
Martijn Scheltema Pels Rijcken, The Hague, Netherlands; Member, Business Human Rights Committee Advisory Board
Joana Setzer Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, England