Climate Litigation as a tool for youth climate movements

How Climate Litigation Empowers Youth Climate Movements?

Climate Litigation as a tool for youth climate movements​

How Climate Litigation Empowers Youth Climate Movements?

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    Friday 9th February 2024 at 16h CET

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This workshop is open for anyone interested in climate litigation and legal campaigns, and how this can be used as a tool by youth climate movements!
During this workshop, we will present the Youth Climate Law Hub and hear from some of the prominent initiatives brought by its members. The workshop will also be an opportunity for participants to understand how to join forces in these actions and build a stronger environmental law youth movement in Europe and beyond.


Youth and Environment Europe (YEE), World’s Youth for Climate Justice (WYCJ), Auroramålet, Victorine Nagels (lawyer)

  1. Presentation by WYCJ: The World’s Youth for Climate Justice is an international youth-led campaign that aims to bring climate change to the ICJ. Among others, we will discuss how we can all join forces in this last stage before the submission.

  2. Presentation by Auroramålet: Auroramålet represents 300 young people who have sued the Swedish state for insufficient climate action. We will discuss why we have chosen human rights-based climate litigation as a tool for climate justice, and what we have learnt that could make it easier for others to do the same. This talk will cover how we manage legal strategy, funding, communications and advocacy with limited resources.

  3. Presentation by YEE: We will discuss and present what are National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), and why it is important for youth to provide feedback and actively participate in them.

  4. Presentation by Victorine Nagels: We will hear from a young lawyer involved in defending young climate activists. Questions for the discussion include: which young people can take legal action and what are the risks? Is the situation different when young people act through an association? What are the situations in which it might be worth taking legal action? What happens when young people have to defend themselves in court?