Title

The Injustice of 1.5°C: The Case for Science-based Standards in Rights-based Climate Litigation

Document Type

Presentation

Date

3-4-2023

Event Name

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

Abstract

This panel addresses how the global community came to coalesce around the Paris Agreement temperature targets of 1.5°C and 2°C of global heating. It will then ask a controversial question: should a political target obtained through international agreement be used by climate advocates and judicial bodies as a proxy legal standard for fundamental rights protection when the science says otherwise? The answer is tantamount for the protection of human rights and is especially critical for the protection of the rights of future generations.

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