Climate Change and Rule of Law: Could Domestic Public Interest Litigation Contribute to Enforcing International Commitments?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Osgoode Hall Lamont Learning Centre, 130 Queen St. West, Toronto (east door facing City Hall – north of Queen)

Mr. Cox, lawyer for the Urgenda Foundation, designed and was the lead attorney for the suit by 900 Dutch citizens resulting in the Court of The Hague’s ground-breaking ruling in June 2015 that ordered the Netherlands to reduce the country’s carbon emissions 25% by 2020. Citizens in other European countries — party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change — are commencing suits based on the Urgenda ruling.

There is no charge for this event; however, an RSVP is required as space is limited.

Is this case relevant in the Canadian context?

Join us to hear Mr. Cox, in his first North American appearance, and Canadian legal experts including Hon. Stephen Goudge, Q.C., formerly Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, and Lorne Sossin, Dean and Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, discuss the possible role of Canadian judges in ordering governments to lower carbon emission and live up to international law commitments.

The ILRP at CIGI is a 10-year initiative, jointly funded by CIGI and Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The law program leverages academic, business and governmental perspectives to improve international law for better global governance. The program strengthens understanding of international law by connecting knowledge, policy and practice. The program focuses on international economic law, international intellectual property law and international environmental law.

For further information, please visit: could-domestic-public-interest-litigation-contribute-enforcing

Contacts at CIGI:
David Estrin, Certified Environmental Law Specialist and Senior Research Fellow, Jill MacLean, ILRP Program Assistant,, 519.885.2444 ext. 7488
Media Inquires: Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist,, 519.885.2444 ext. 7238