New EIEL Webinar: Riccardo Luporini to Discuss Human Rights-based Climate Litigation

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We are proud to announce the next EIEL webinar of the 2021/2022 academic year, which will take place on 20 January 2022 at 15.00 CET. For the lecture, which will be live-streamed online through YouTube Live, we will welcome Dr Riccardo Luporini, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in International Law at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy.

Dr Luporini’s presentation will explore the growing phenomenon of human rights-based climate change litigation. The relationship between human rights and climate change is today widely recognised by civil society, states and international organisations – and litigants around the world are increasingly putting forward human rights arguments before different judicial and quasi-judicial bodies with the aim of filling the existing accountability gap in climate change law. In the webinar, Dr Luporini will try to offer a typology of this assorted set of complaints, discussing examples of failed, successful and pending cases while devoting special attention to the first Italian climate case (A Sud et al v Italy, also known as “Giudizio universale”). In addition, he will analyse the specific legal hurdles and most controversial points raised by human rights-based climate change litigation, as well as the possible future developments in this field.

Dr Luporini obtained his PhD from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna with a dissertation concerning the relationships between climate change, disasters and human rights under international law. He has been Visiting PhD Fellow at the Centre for International Law and Governance, University of Copenhagen. In addition, he has served as assistant to the Special Rapporteur on the topic “Protection of persons in the event of disasters” at the 68th session of the UN International Law Commission and as blue book trainee at the European Commission Directorate-General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.

The webinar will be open to all interested participants, and will be available at this link.