Please join us for the Cross-Border Windsor/Detroit Environmental Law Virtual Lecture on Youth and Indigenous Climate Justice Litigation in US and Canada, with Guest Speaker Professor Randall Abate, the Rechnitz Family and Urban Coast Institute Endowed Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy at Monmouth University.
Within the past two decades, climate justice litigation secured inspiring victories and suffered devastating defeats in domestic and international courts and tribunals around the world. This lecture is based on Professor Abate’s article focusing on two features of this climate justice litigation landscape. First, several leading cases in this field are from the U.S. and Canada. Second, youth and Indigenous plaintiffs have spearheaded the most important and successful climate justice cases. Climate justice litigation seeks to secure remedies for communities that have been and will be disproportionately burdened by climate change impacts. The lecture will analyze how youth and Indigenous plaintiffs have framed compelling legal theories that are gaining traction in U.S. and Canadian courts, as they seek relief as vulnerable and marginalized climate justice communities.
Organized by the Environmental Law Clinics at Windsor Law and Detroit Mercy Law and the student-led Environmental Law Societies in both law schools, the lecture will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Windsor Law and Detroit Mercy law students.