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The Influence of Climate Litigation on Managing Climate Change Risks: The Pioneering Work of the Netherlands Courts

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Abstract

This paper analyses the way in which the responsibility for managing climate change risks is addressed by the Dutch courts in the Urgenda and Shell cases. A foundation called Urgenda initiated proceedings against the State of the Netherlands; followed by Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) initiating proceedings against Shell, a multinational oil corporation with, at the time, its headquarters still in the Netherlands. This paper looks at both these examples of climate litigation, with a focus on what the courts had to say about responsibilities for managing climate change risks.

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climate litigationEuropean Convention on Human RightsUrgendaShellclimate change risk management
  • Year: 2022
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 2
  • Page/Article: 127–144
  • DOI: 10.36633/ulr.801
  • Published on 28 Nov 2022
  • Peer Reviewed