ECHR ruling opens door to climate change litigation on basis of human rights

European Court of Human Rights

Does a country’s failure to act on climate change infringe citizens’ human rights? A recent court case at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said it does.

By holding the Swiss government accountable for failing to do more to limit climate change, the ruling might have significant implications for legislators and organizations in other countries across the European Union.

The successful case was brought by a body representing older women in Switzerland, who claimed they were at particular risk in heatwaves caused by climate change.

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