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Climate change law and litigation in Sweden with scenarios from Europe: Possibilities for members of the public to challenge the state's responsibility for climate change through litigation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Swedish government is legally obliged to conduct climate policy work that will protect nature and humanity from the harmful effects of climate change. Obligations related to the environment arise under Swedish domestic law, European law and international law. This thesis investigates the possibilities for the Swedish public to initiate climate change litigation against the Swedish government due to insufficient climate actions.

I examine three climate change litigation approaches from selected jurisdictions, including Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom. By transposing the three litigation approaches into the Swedish legal order I seek to discuss the possibilities for the public to challenge the Swedish state's responsibility in climate matters.

This thesis claims that the possibilities for the concerned public to address climate change are restricted. International obligations derived from the European Convention on Human Rights and the Aarhus Convention have given individuals substantive rights and procedural rights in matters related to the environment. However, the implementation of the international obligations are not always enshrined in the national law.

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2019. , p. 78
Keywords [en]
climate change law; climate change litigation; Sweden; greenhouse gas emissions; Paris Agreement; European Convention on Human Rights; Aarhus Convention; environmental human rights; tort law; climate policy decisions; permit decisions; judicial review
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-384955OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-384955DiVA, id: diva2:1322298
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Available from: 2019-09-17 Created: 2019-06-10 Last updated: 2019-09-17Bibliographically approved

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