The Injustice of 1.5°C: The Case for Science-based Standards in Rights-based Climate Litigation
Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
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.
Lauren E. Sancken, Jennifer Marlow, Nathan Baring, Anders Carlson, and Kelly Matheson, The Injustice of 1.5°C: The Case for Science-based Standards in Rights-based Climate Litigation (2023), https://digitalcommons.law.uw.edu/faculty-presentations/13