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Imagining our Post-Pandemic Futures
Litigating the Climate Emergency
By: Beatriz Botero Arcila
Surveillance thrives in unequal environments, and the pandemic has increased inequality. We need a welfare state for our digital information economy.
By: Paulina Madero Suárez
Can new, non-judicial approaches to gender-based violence and harassment in Mexico effectively supplement judicial avenues?
By: Citlalli Ochoa & Lisa Reinsberg
Advocates’ access to human rights spaces has taken a hit with COVID-19, but this pandemic provides an opportunity to make human rights oversight more inclusive ...
By: Joana Setzer
Is climate litigation against so-called “Carbon Majors” capable of changing behaviour and guiding climate change-responsive adjudication in the long term?
By: Rachel Freed & Joshua Leach
The restoration of asylum rights to domestic violence survivors in the US illuminates the power of strategic litigation to create positive change—but there are ...
By: Hasminah Dimaporo Paudac
In climate litigation in the Philippines against 47 large corporations, a Greenpeace legal team showed that big polluters can be held morally and legally responsible ...
By: Aishu Balaji & Diyana Yahaya & Michelle R. Maziwisa
Trade liberalisation is incompatible with women’s human rights and gender equality when corporations exploit women’s cheap labour as a source of comparative advantage.
By: Kayla Winarsky Green
How can businesses help to reduce the pandemic’s unequal burden on single mothers?
By: Ana Cernov & Iara Pietricovsky & Nathalie Beghin
Budgetary decisions are always political, and these documents are a crucial tool for civil society to protect rights and demand justice.
By: Victoria Adelmant & Philip Alston & Matthew Blainey
Public support in Ireland for taking action against climate change is high, but the government has not adequately mitigated its impact—a recent Supreme Court case ...
By: Tyler Walton
Immigrants have decried the use of detention as migration deterrence for years, but the pandemic has given advocates a new touch point in the collective social ...
By: Dominique Virgil
Prioritizing the launch of Indonesia’s pre-employment card compromises the distribution of existing social assistance programs that could directly help those in ...
By: Sehin Teferra
Ethiopia needs a stand-alone feminist campaign calling for a new vision of job creation that prioritizes dignified work and decent wages for both men and women.
By: Gunnar Ekeløve-Slydal & Liv H. Kvanvig
Governments must partner with faith leaders to battle COVID-19, creating an opportunity to build necessary trust and cooperation with wider parts of the population.
By: Andrea Bolaños Vargas & Andrea Suárez Trueba
Indigenous women in Guatemala are using the concept of extraterritorial obligations to hold corporations accountable for violence—and to set important precedents ...
By: Guillermo Torres
Putting fear aside as we emerge from this pandemic will allow space for what we value most in people: empathy, solidarity and mutual support.
By: Emerson Sykes
Americans seeking racial justice can learn a lot about protest and liberation from Africans.
By: Conrado Hübner
Rather than using the pandemic to consolidate power, Bolsonaro has denied the problem and clashed with his own government—could this mistake end his autocracy?
By: Matías Duarte & Diego Morales & Erika Schmidhuber Peña
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has set a precedent with its decision to grant territorial and ancestral rights to Indigenous peoples in Argentina—how ...
By: Ali Yildiz
A new early parole bill in Turkey had the potential to improve the country’s human rights track record—but instead, it leaves political prisoners even worse off.
By: Lisa Vanhala
Existing research on climate change litigation ignores questions about who is mobilizing the law to address the climate crisis. But who isn’t turning to the courts ...
By: James A. Goldston
Applying an equality lens to climate litigation is not just the right thing to do; it’s also more effective.
By: Michael Burger & Jessica Wentz & Daniel Metzger
The science showing causal links between climate change, country emissions, and individual harms is a critical component in human rights litigation on climate change.
By: Pooven Moodley
Communities in Africa are increasingly using litigation to challenge large extractive projects that exacerbate the climate emergency and loss of biodiversity.
By: Sophie Marjanac & Sam Hunter Jones
Courts can adjudicate the effectiveness of emissions reduction policies in protecting fundamental rights without encroaching on the powers of the political branches ...
By: Jolene Lin & Jacqueline Peel
Climate litigation shows that the global South experience is a rich and powerful one that offers many opportunities for multi-directional learning.
By: Dennis van Berkel
Are courts able to determine that a government’s climate change policy is insufficient and order governments to do more?
By: Ben Batros & Tessa Khan
Climate litigators can learn from human rights actors on how and when to use litigation strategically to create systemic change.
By: Arpitha Kodiveri
As India surges forward with an aggressive development agenda, the judiciary’s involvement in climate change litigation is viewed by many as an obstacle to speedy ...
By: César Rodríguez-Garavito
OGR's newest series explores a rising wave of lawsuits that is laying bare the profound impacts that a warming planet has on basic human rights and future generations.
By: Saul Takahashi
COVID-19 may prove to be just the game changer that Japan’s prime minister needs to push through his agenda for revising the Constitution.
By: Manel Chibane
What role do corporations have in advocating for the rights of Black people and other racialized populations?
By: Eseohe Ojo
The current protests should come as no surprise in the face of such blatant disregard of the human rights of Black people and the systemic, institutional and everyday ...
By: Shreya Sen
Workers in India’s tea plantations have pre-existing health and environmental conditions that make them highly vulnerable to COVID-19, making a return to “normal” ...
By: Ashley Bowe & Joshua Cooper
Samoa held a ground-breaking treaty body session on child rights, evidencing the benefits of extending these sessions beyond Geneva.
By: Christa Blackmon
With millions of the world’s students now facing extended learning at home, the required access to the internet—and to the right devices—is exposing drastic inequalities.
By: Nora Götzmann & Sébastien Lorion
New data from Africa provides insights into the role of national human rights institutions in access to remedy for business-related human rights abuses.
By: Sam Bocetta
Making access to the internet a human right can address inequalities in access to public discourse, especially where free speech is limited.
By: Muthoni Muriithi
Government-mandated lockdowns are trapping millions of women and girls with their abusers, isolating them from support networks.
By: Imogen Richmond-Bishop & Sara Bailey
The global pandemic—following ten years of draconian austerity measures in the UK—has created a perfect storm of human rights violations against already marginalized ...
By: Marie Juul Petersen & Claire Thomas & Sajjad Hassan
COVID-19 and its impacts may hit some religious minorities disproportionately hard, exacerbating economic inequalities, social hostilities and discrimination.
By: Kathryn Hampton
Policy decisions to exclude asylum seekers due to the pandemic are neither predetermined nor inevitable: we have a choice.
By: Jack J. Barry
COVID-19 has exposed the underlying reality that not everyone has internet at home.
By: Ignacio Saiz
During this pandemic, economic rescue packages—nationally and globally—must protect the socioeconomic rights of those most at risk.
By: Marianela Garione
Monte Patria in Chile is the first migrant community due to climatic causes in the country—why is it generating so much controversy?
By: Lysa John
The COVID-19 crisis should be a wake-up call to civil society to strengthen the social protection measures in our own industry.
By: Anjli Parrin & Gulika Reddy
In moments of crisis, it is critical that social justice advocates remain focused on ethical and transformative advocacy, not reactive short-term change.
By: César Rodríguez-Garavito
If human rights actors are to help shape the post-pandemic world, they need to start imagining it now.
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