Climate Justice through the Courts?


Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh’s remarks (read by Jacqueline peel) touched on climate litigation and human rights in the South Pacific, and how there needs to be a better understanding of how climate litigation could promote climate justice in the South Pacific. A specific climate treaty for the South Pacific region that is being developed was also discussed, and how a focus of this treaty will be access to justice.


This talk was held at:

Imagining a Different Future

Climate Justice Conference

The University of Tasmania with the support of the University of Utrecht Ethics Institute hosted a multidisciplinary conference examining the barriers to responding to climate change, implementing climate justice, and proposing ways forward. Among the keynote speakers were Law Faculty Professors Jan McDonald and Ben Richardson. The Law Faculty's Dr Peter Lawrence co-convened the conference with Jan Linehan. The conference took place in Hobart from 8-9 Feb 2018.

Despite the Paris Agreement, there are real concerns the prevailing neoliberal economic and political model, particularly with the move to more insular, nationalistic, fragile politics, cannot respond effectively to climate change and excludes key considerations such as ethics and justice. Videos and Podcasts from the conference are available on the Knowledge Hub.