The Search for Legal Remedies
Edited by Randall S. Abate and Elizabeth Ann Kronk
Chapter 19: The rising tide of international climate litigation: an illustrative hypothetical of Tuvalu v Australia
Many Pacific Islands are extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Unless climate change is halted or reversed, a number of small island developing states (SIDS) in the Pacific could become uninhabitable. This threat has immense ramifications for the cultural, sovereign and physical integrity of Pacific Islanders, most of whom are indigenous peoples. This chapter examines the potential of international climate litigation through the use of an illustrative hypothetical in the South Pacific. This chapter aims to contribute to the growing literature on the possibilities and pitfalls of international climate litigation. It considers many, but not all, of the elements of an international case.
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