CALL FOR PAPERS | 2024 Lisbon Climate Conference - Human Rights and Climate Change: Where Next?

Friday, May 3, 2024 - 16:13

Since the stability of the climate system is a necessary predicate for the enjoyment of human rights (including, but not exclusive of, the very right to a healthy and sustainable environment), it is not surprising that domestic litigation is largely brought before courts based on the infringement of human rights obligations.

CALL FOR PAPERS | 2024 Lisbon Climate Conference - Human Rights and Climate Change: Where Next?

This methodology of using the human rights grammar and institutions to pursuit climate justice is also visible at the international level, and recent decisions such as La Oroya (IACtHR) or Verein KlimaSeniorinnen (ECtHR) confirm that climate litigation before human rights bodies is here to stay — and will likely develop also against corporations (although before different courts and bodies).

This is fertile ground for academic development, since topics such as victimhood and locus standi (of individuals and associations), causation and attribution science, remedies and reparations to victims, subsidiarity and the separation of powers principle, States’ jurisdiction, States’ shared responsibility, or corporate liability for human rights infringements resulting from GHG emissions (just to name a few)
are in need of further clarification and development.

As such, the 2024 edition of ‘The Lisbon Climate Conference’ (which is co-organized by Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Università di Torino, and Koç Üniversitesi, members of the Law Schools Global League) aims to discuss what are the implications of recent decisions on these and other topics, as well as what can be foreseen as the next cases and breakthroughs.

Submission and Selection of Papers

Interested practitioners and scholars (including early career researchers and Ph.D. candidates) are invited to submit an abstract of about 500 words, in English, by 31 July 2024 at the latest, at the following email address:

Submissions should include a curriculum vitae, with email and institutional affiliation.

Abstracts will be assessed on the basis of:

  • Originality and the innovative nature of the work;
  • Relevance to the overall conference theme; and
  • Coherence of panels and the conference as a whole.


Only one abstract per person will be considered, but joint submissions are admitted.
Selected participants will be informed by 15 September 2024.

Travel and accommodation expenses are NOT overed by the organization

Further information: Call for Papers

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