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Legal perspectives on the climate crisis

We took part in the Brazilian Climate Change Conference, in Recife, and the 1st Conference of the Law for a Green Planet Institute (IDPV), in Rio



iCS supported and was present at several events that dealt with the relationship between law and climate change in November. In Recife, during the Brazilian Climate Change Conference (November 6-8), the coordinator of the Law and Climate Program, Caio Borges, participated in the debate "Climate Litigation - reflections on the use of legal action to ensure the laws of the climate crisis." Caio presented an overview of the experience of climate litigation in the world and the main types of actions that have been filed against public and private actors for compliance with climate targets and obligations.




On November 28, a similar debate took place in Rio de Janeiro, during the 1st Conference of the Law for a Green Planet Institute (IDPV), which was held at the Judicature School of the State of Rio de Janeiro (EMERJ). An iCS coordinator moderated the debate "Climate Emergency and Legal Challenges," which was attended by representatives from the practice of law, federal courts, the Prosecution Office, civil society, and academia, who are dedicated to environmental and climate law. The participants discussed the state of climate litigation in Brazil and the challenges for the insertion of the climate in administrative and judicial procedures. The highlight was the debate about the relationship between environmental licensing and the mitigation and climate adaptation to the civil liability of polluters for climate damage.


The next day (November 29), Caio addressed the important role of civil society in environmental protection and climate action at the event "The State of Environmental Law in Brazil and Germany: Theory and Practice," with the presence of German and Brazilian jurists. The event was also attended by Justice Herman Benjamin, from the Superior Court of Justice, who is an international reference in environmental legal thinking.

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