The map below features the cases covered in the Climate Rights Database. Click on a marker to display further information about a case.
About the map
Our database covers domestic, regional and international case-law on climate change that uses or relates to human rights argumentation. The map reflects the cases contained in this database. To access the database and filter the cases by date, adjudicating body, respondent state, and more, click here.
Explanation of map markers
Cases have been geographically assigned to the first respondent State involved, except where there were convincing reasons for doing otherwise. This applies, for example, to the Duarte Agostinho case before the ECtHR, which concerns 33 Council of Europe Member States, beginning alphabetically with Austria. This case was assigned to Portugal, because the applicants are based there and because it is commonly known as the “Portuguese Youth case”, thus making it easier to find.
Map markers are assigned to whole countries; entries posted to that country are automatically assigned to a concrete location. To reduce large clusters of pins in certain countries and make it easier to view all of the pins on the map, some markers have been redistributed within a given country. These pins may thus not correspond to the exact coordinates of the national capital, location of the deciding court, or another location of relevance in or for the case. Overall, the pins are meant to be indicative and to facilitate finding cases related to a specific country as well as showcasing the distribution of relevant cases; the location of a pin does not, in other words, contain further information.
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The map and database are regularly updated, but it is not exhaustive; we accordingly welcome submissions of relevant cases that have not yet been incorporated, or updates one existing ones. Click here to contact us with suggestions.
Although all of the information on this site is correct to the best of our knowledge, errors and omissions in the coverage of the map and database are possible, especially because the field of law in question is constantly evolving.