Tag: law

Legal experts worldwide draw up ‘historic’ definition of ecocide

Draft law is intended to prosecute offences against the environment Legal experts from across the globe have drawn up a “historic” definition of ecocide, intended to be adopted by the international criminal court to prosecute the most egregious offences against the environment. The draft law, unveiled on Tuesday, defines ecocide as “unlawful or wanton acts […]

‘A duty of care’: Australian teenagers take their climate crisis plea to court

Anj Sharma, 16, and her team hope to force change they say is not coming quickly enough from government Eight teenagers and an octogenarian nun head to an Australian court on Tuesday to launch what they hope will prove to be a landmark case – one that establishes the federal government’s duty of care in […]

Losing our marbles over Stonehenge | Brief letters

Judiciary | Queen’s leases | Travel plans | Ancient showroom | Stonehenge Donald Trump’s acquittal in the US Senate (Report, 14 February) surely provides the best possible evidence for never allowing politicians to get involved in judicial decision-making. Their priorities lie in other directions. Les Baker Fordingbridge, Hampshire • The Queen gets £220m a year […]

Participatory politics and the point of parliament

Alex Bradbury of Extinction Rebellion on the climate assembly; John Bourn on the Coronavirus Act; and Karl Gehring on why Switzerland has the right approach In your editorial on the UK’s climate assembly (The Guardian view on acclimatising democracy: deliberation, not confusion, 11 September), you said that Extinction Rebellion had rejected the assembly’s recommendations. That […]

Tessa Khan: ‘Litigation is a powerful tool in the environmental crisis’

When a court in the Netherlands ruled its government’s actions unlawful, it inspired others to hold big polluters to account • Time to reset: more brilliant ideas to remake the world At key moments in history, courts around the world have helped to accelerate social change – they have vindicated the demands of people fighting […]

Greta Thunberg and children’s group hit back at attempt to throw out climate case

Brazil, France and Germany say UN can’t hear complaint against five countries of flouting child rights to clean air Greta Thunberg and a group of other children have pushed forward their legal complaint at the UN against countries they accuse of endangering children’s wellbeing through the climate crisis, despite attempts to have it thrown out. […]

Governments and firms in 28 countries sued over climate crisis – report

More than 1,300 legal actions over global heating brought since 1990, say researchers Climate action lawsuits against governments and corporations have spread across 28 countries, according to a new analysis. The study reveals that more than 1,300 legal actions concerning climate change have been brought since 1990. Related: More people heading to court to spur […]