Climate Change and Rule of Law: Could domestic public interest litigation contribute to enforcing international commitments?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 5:30 PM
Osgoode Hall, Lamont Learning Centre , 130 Queen St. West, Toronto
Public Event: Panel Discussion
  • Roger Cox
Sep 15
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The International Law Research Program (ILRP) at CIGI is proud to present a special lecture featuring leading Dutch lawyer Roger Cox.

Mr. Cox, lawyer for the Urgenda Foundation, designed and was the lead attorney for the suit by 900 Dutch citizens resulting in the Court of The Hague’s ground-breaking ruling in June 2015 that ordered the Netherlands to reduce the country’s carbon emissions 25% by 2020. Citizens in other European countries — party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change — are commencing suits based on the Urgenda ruling.

Is this case relevant in the Canadian context?

Join us to hear Mr. Cox, in his first North American appearance, and Canadian legal experts including Hon. Stephen Goudge, Q.C., formerly Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, Lorne Sossin, Dean and Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, and Lewis N. Klar, Q.C. author of Tort Law (Carswell) and formerly Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, discuss the possible role of Canadian judges in ordering governments to lower carbon emission and live up to international law commitments.

There is no charge for this event; however, an RSVP is required for in-person attendance as space is limited.

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