Sabin Middle Launches New Report

Simply Transition Litigation in Latin America: Sabin Middle Launches New Report

Maria Antonia Tigre
|January 4, 2023

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Maria Antonia Tigre is a worldwide local weather litigation fellow on the Sabin Middle for Local weather Change Legislation, and an writer on the brand new report.

Simply transition litigation is a novel and under-researched discipline. Right this moment, the Sabin Middle for Local weather Change Legislation — an affiliate of the Columbia Local weather College — launched a brand new report that analyzes 20 simply transition circumstances from Latin America. The report fills an vital hole in current analysis by rising the visibility of affirmative actions for simply transition from the International South and enhancing our understanding of the phenomenon of simply transition litigation by means of novel developments in Latin America particularly. Based mostly on the evaluation, the report:

  • Proposes a definition of the ideas of simply transition and simply transition litigation by means of the totally different dimensions and affected individuals that play a job in how circumstances might play out;
  • Units out an preliminary categorization of simply transition litigation;
  • Identifies the human rights arguments posed by plaintiffs in simply transition litigation and, when obtainable, how these have been obtained by courts;
  • Analyzes how justice arguments and local weather arguments are superior in simply transition litigation;
  • Makes an preliminary evaluation of the treatments obtainable to plaintiffs in simply transition litigation;
  • Proposes a analysis agenda for future investigation.

To realize the long-term temperature targets of the Paris Settlement, nations must quickly scale back their reliance on fossil fuels and scale up using cleaner alternate options. The scope of transformations wanted is profound, wide-ranging, and more likely to have an effect on many elements of on a regular basis life. Within the technique of dismantling fossil gas sectors, together with its infrastructure, industries, and mining websites, laid-off staff and affected communities would require assist. That is a part of the simply transition. A simply vitality transition requires that everybody should have the ability to reap the advantages and take part successfully and inclusively. Decarbonization insurance policies might end in (new) “winners and losers,” particularly if the burdens and advantages of renewable vitality manufacturing and consumption are unfairly distributed. Inside this context, it comes as no shock that simply transition litigation is arising, questioning how these burdens and advantages of decarbonization insurance policies and initiatives are distributed.

Constructing on the specialised literature that observes an increase in litigation searching for extra bold climate change insurance policies throughout the International South (so-called “pro-regulatory” local weather litigation), the Sabin Middle printed a report right now contemplating the rise of simply transition litigation in Latin America.

The report, entitled Simply Transition Litigation in Latin America: an preliminary categorization of local weather litigation circumstances amid the vitality transition, was written by Maria Antonia Tigre (Sabin Middle for Local weather Change Legislation, Columbia Legislation College), Lorena Zenteno (College of Edinburgh, rapporteur for Chile), Marlies M.E. Hesselman (College of Groningen, rapporteur for the Netherlands and UN Particular Procedures), Natalia Urzola (International Community for Human Rights and the Setting, rapporteur for Colombia), Pedro Cisterna-Gaete (College of Edinburgh, rapporteur for the Inter-American System of Human Rights), Riccardo Luporini (Sant’Anna College of Superior Research, rapporteur for Italy).

Learn the report right here.

The Sabin Middle will maintain a webinar presenting the findings of the report on January 31, 2023.