Climate Litigation Database

This database contains domestic, regional and international case-law related to human rights and climate change (work on completing the database is in progress). Click on an entry to see more information about a given case, including summaries, commentary, and links to further information.

    Tristan Runge et al. v. Sachsen

    Domestic court proceedings

    Summary:This case is one of ten separate constitutional complaints and one subsidiary popular complaint supported by the NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe…

    Thomas & De Freitas v. Guyana

    Domestic court proceedings

    Summary: On 21 May 2021, two Guayanese citizens filed a case in the domestic courts of Guayana, alleging that their…

    The Prosecutor v. Bolsonaro

    International Criminal Court

    Summary: On 12 October 2021, the Austrian NGO AllRise, which advocates for interests linked with the environment, democracy, and the…

    Mex Müllner v. Austria

    European Court of Human Rights

    Summary: On 25 March 2021, a yet-uncommunicated application was filed before the European Court of Human Rights concerning the impact…

    Matteo Feind et al. v. Niedersachsen

    Domestic court proceedings

    Summary:This case is one of ten separate constitutional complaints and one subsidiary popular complaint supported by the NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe…

    Marlene Lemme et al. v. Bayern

    Domestic court proceedings

    Summary: This case is one of ten separate constitutional complaints and one subsidiary popular complaint supported by the NGO Deutsche…

    Luca Salis et al. v. Sachsen-Anhalt

    Domestic court proceedings

    Summary:This constitutional complaint was brought by three young people against the German State (“Bundesland”) of Sachsen-Anhalt in the wake of…

    Leonie Frank et al. v. Saarland

    Domestic court proceedings

    Summary:This case is one of ten separate constitutional complaints and one subsidiary popular complaint supported by the NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe…

    Leghari v. Pakistan

    Domestic court proceedings

    Summary: In Leghari v. Pakistan, a farmer claimed that his fundamental rights, including the right to life, the right to…

    Held and Others v. Montana

    Domestic court proceedings

    Summary: In Held and Others, sixteen young plaintiffs — aged between two and eighteen — brought a case against the…

    Carême v. France

    European Court of Human Rights

    Summary: On 7 June 2022, the European Court of Human Rights announced the relinquishment of an application against France concerning…

    Belgian ‘Klimaatzaak’

    Domestic court proceedings

    Summary: On 17 June 2021, a Brussels court of first instance issued its judgment in the Urgenda-inspired Belgian “Klimaatzaak” (Dutch…

    Arctic Athabaskan Council v. Canada

    Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

    Summary: This case, brought before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights by Athabaskan people living in Canada, concerned alleged rights…

    Ali v. Pakistan

    Domestic court proceedings

    Summary: This 2016 petition was brought against Pakistan in the name of a seven-year-old girl from Karachi, and challenges actions…

    Alena Hochstadt et al. v. Hessen

    Domestic court proceedings

    Summary:This case is one of ten separate constitutional complaints and one subsidiary popular complaint supported by the NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe…

    The database is correct to the best of our knowledge, and is regularly updated. Errors and omissions may, however, occur.