Events brought the perspective of information to Brazilian society about the responsibilities and obligations of each country in relation to climate change 

“Climate Emergency and Human Rights: possible paths based on the analysis of the request for an Advisory Opinion submitted to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights” was the theme of an online event organized by LACLIMA and the Earth Rights Advocacy of the NYU School of Law, with the support of iCS. During the two-hour discussion, the participants talked about ways to engage Brazilian society in relation to the request for an Advisory Opinion submitted by Colombia and Chile to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) about the obligations of the states related to climate change and human rights. After the webinar, a workshop was held explaining the ways for national civil society organizations to send contributions to the IACHR, which will subsequently issue its advisory opinion.

“It is a significant moment, and this is why we are making a great effort to engage society, because it is a new chapter in the Court, regarding Human Rights, but which must include the issue of climate change confronting the legal challenges,” says Ciro Brito, from the iCS Climate and Law portfolio.

The academics also held their own event, organized by FGV Direito SP, Conectas Direitos Humanos and iCS. Researchers and experts discussed their investigations and the questions that formulate the Advisory Opinion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The two panels depicted the relationship between the international courts and the climate emergency based on public international law, international human rights law, climate change law and themes such as indigenous peoples, corporate responsibility and the differentiated responsibilities of the States. Watch the event here

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