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November 2022
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As the climate emergency intensifies, rights-based climate cases – litigation that is based on human rights law – are becoming an increasingly important tool for securing more ambitious climate action. This book is the first to offer a systematic analysis of the universe of these cases known as human rights and climate change (HRCC) cases. By combining theory, empirical documentation, and strategic debate among preeminent scholars and practitioners from around the world, the book captures the roots, legal innovations, empirical richness, impact, and challenges of this dynamic field of sociolegal practice. It looks specifically at the sociolegal origins and trajectory of HRCC cases, the legal innovations of this type of litigation, and the strategies and impacts of these cases. In doing so, this book equips litigators, researchers, practitioners, students, and concerned citizens with an understanding of an important method of holding governments and corporations accountable for climate harms. This book is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

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  • Litigating the Climate Emergency
    pp i-i
  • Globalization and Human Rights - Series page
    pp ii-ii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-viii
  • Figures
    pp ix-x
  • Tables
    pp xi-xii
  • Contributors
    pp xiii-xxii
  • Introduction
    pp 1-6
  • Part I - The Rights Turn in Climate Litigation
    pp 7-94
  • Part II - Legal Strategy in Rights-Based Climate Litigation
    pp 95-220
  • 3 - Thinking Strategically about Climate Litigation
    pp 97-116
  • 4 - The Quest for Butterfly Climate Adjudication
    pp 117-131
  • 5 - Climate Litigation through an Equality Lens
    pp 132-144
  • 6 - Two Reputed Allies
    pp 145-156
  • Reconciling Climate Justice and Litigation in the Global South
  • 10 - The Impacts of High-Profile Litigation against Major Fossil Fuel Companies
    pp 206-220
  • Part III - Beyond the Law
    pp 221-302
  • Science and Narratives in Rights-Based Climate Litigation
  • 12 - The Evolution of Corporate Accountability for Climate Change
    pp 239-254
  • 13 - Providing Evidence to Support Strategic Climate Enforcement and Litigation
    pp 255-266
  • 14 - The Case for Climate Visuals in the Courtroom
    pp 267-288
  • Part IV - The Climate Emergency on Trial
    pp 303-395
  • Human Rights and Climate Litigation around the World
  • 17 - Closing the Supply-Side Accountability Gap through Climate Litigation
    pp 319-334

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