Roundtable on Human Rights and Climate Change

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 8:00 AM
Toronto, Canada
Private Event: Workshop
Feb 29

Participation in this event is by invitation only

A Research Collaboration between CIGI’s International Law Research Program
and the Department of Justice Canada

Sponsored by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Department of Justice Canada, the Roundtable brings together human rights, environmental law and indigenous law experts from CIGI’s International Law Research Program, federal, provincial and territorial governments, universities, private practice and civil society organizations.

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change founds the global agenda for climate action on principles of equity, solidarity and sustainability. The Preamble is replete with references to human rights, foremost among them being the following: 

Acknowledging that climate change is a common concern of humankind, Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity,

… Noting the importance of ensuring the integrity of all ecosystems, including oceans, and the protection of biodiversity, recognized by some cultures as Mother Earth, and noting the importance for some of the concept of “climate justice”, when taking action to address climate change…


CIGI’s International Law Research Program is pleased to invite academics and public and private sector practitioners of human rights and environmental law to consider how human rights may be relevant to both international and domestic implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by Canada and the provinces and territories.

This event is by invitation only.