Enhancing Climate Action through International Law (EnAct)
EnAct is a research project that explores how human rights and investment law can enhance states’ climate change mitigation ambition and implementation.
To meet the Paris Agreement goals and keep global warming below the 1.5ºC temperature threshold, States’ climate ambition must be urgently increased, at least by a factor of five (UNEP, 2019). In order to achieve and enforce these crucial goals, other areas of international law become relevant. EnAct explores international law beyond climate change law. In particular, human rights law is increasingly relied upon as a basis for the establishment of a right to a healthy environment and a sustainable climate. International investment law is undergoing significant reform and bears largely unexplored potential to support climate action. Taken together, these areas provide vital tools to complement those available under international climate change agreements.
The overarching aim of EnAct will be achieved through two complementary postdoctoral projects on international human rights law as a catalyst for climate action (Postdoc Linnéa Nordlander, co-PI Professor Jens Elo Rytter from CILG) and on international investment law supporting climate ambition (Postdoc Alessandro Monti, co-PI Professor Birgitte Egelund Olsen from Århus University).
- EnAct kick-off workshop
Tuesday, 24th August 2021, 15:00 – 16:45 CEST
- Lunch Seminar with Alessandro Monti, Climate Provisions in BITs and FTAs
15th November 2021, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, Centre for International Law and Governance
- Lunch Seminar with Linnéa Nordlander, Litigating climate change: the potential of Sámi human rights claims,
20th January 2022, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, Centre for International Law and Governance
- EnAct roundtable “Climate Action beyond the Climate Change Regime: The Role of Human Rights and Investment Law”
Monday, 7th of February 2022, 9:00-10:30 (EST) / 15:00-16:30 (CET)
Hosted by Guarini Center on Environment, Energy & Land Use Law at New York University and Columbia Center of Sustainable Investment
- Alessandro Monti and Linnéa Nordlander: “Planning and running a project-based intensive course: Human Rights and Economic Law for the Green Transition”, pedagogical development project presented at the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Programme on Wednesday, 18th May 2022
- Linnéa Nordlander and Alessandro Monti, A new variety of rights-based climate litigation: a challenge against the Energy Charter Treaty before the European Court of Human Rights, 2022
- Linnéa Nordlander, Loss and damage from climate change: Climate vulnerable groups in Arctic States (working paper), 2021
- Alessandro Monti and Linnéa Nordlander, OECD Public consultation on investment treaties and climate change, 2022
- Alessandro Monti and Matteo Fermeglia, Completing the Unfinished Achmea Business in the Komstroy Case: Farewell to Intra-EU ECT-Based Investment Arbitration? (17 September 2021) EU Law Live
- Linnéa Nordlander, Litigating climate change in the Arctic: the potential of Sámi human rights claims (2022) Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, forthcoming.
- Linnéa Nordlander, ‘Human Rights Law as a Gap-Filler: The Invisibility of Climate Vulnerability in International Climate Change Law’ in Dina Lupin (ed) A Research Agenda for Human Rights and the Environment (forthcoming 2022) Edward Elgar.
- Linnéa Nordlander, Norwegian National Human Rights Institution, 16 June 2022, Presentation title: International human rights law as a catalyst for climate action.
- Linnéa Nordlander, University of Copenhagen, 1 June 2022, Presentation title: Litigating climate change in the Arctic: the potential of Sámi human rights claims.
- Alessandro Monti, University of Copenhagen, 1 June 2022, Presentation title: Legal Innovation in BITs and FTAs: Assessing the Potential for Climate Action
- Alessandro Monti, University of Graz, 27 May 2022, Presentation title: From Brown to Green Investments: Rethinking International Investment Law for Climate Action
- Alessandro Monti and Linnéa Nordlander, British Institute of International and Comparative Law and University of Hasselt, 19 February 2022, Presenter: Climate Change Litigation in Europe: Comparative & Sectoral Perspectives and the Way Forward. Presentation title: Human rights in climate-related investment arbitration: Enhancing regulatory space for climate action?
- Alessandro Monti, University of Copenhagen, Department of Economics, Research Group on the Economics of Climate Change 29 November 2021, Invited expert: International Economic Law and Climate Change
- Linnéa Nordlander, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen and Human Rights Watch, 19 November 2021: The Role of Human Rights in Phasing Out Fossil Fuels. Presentation title: Standard setting and human rights for mitigation commitments.
- Beatriz Martinez Romera, Linnéa Nordlander, and Alessandro Monti, International Union for Conservation of Nature: Academy of Environmental Law, 30 June 2021, Presentation title: Climate Action beyond the International Climate Regime.
- Linnéa Nordlander, Hertie School: Centre for Fundamental Rights (main organizer) Workshop: International Human Rights Courts and Bodies at the Edge of the Climate Tipping Point, 10 June 2021, Presentation title Climate change loss and damage in the Arctic: the potential of human rights litigation to fill the remedial void.
EnAct starts running in April 2021 and is supported by a Scientific Advisory Board made up of renowned Danish and international experts from academia (Brown University, Leiden University, University of Oslo, University of Stirling, University of Eastern Finland, University of Innsbruck, University of Dundee and New York University) and legal practice (Horten and Kromann Reumert).
- TLHE project (AA 2021 - 2022)
- Project title: Planning and running a project-based intensive course: Human Rights and Economic Law for the Green Transition
- Project Description: The project concerns the development and running of a new 7.5 ECTS MA/LLM-level intensive course, ‘Human Rights and Economic Law for the Green Transition’. The course runs over ten days, with four hours of teaching per day. The project aims to advance the understanding of how an intensive programme affects student perception of learning, as well as their motivation. In doing so, it addresses the following research question: How does an intensive course influence students’ perceived learning and motivation? In order to answer this question, the project is structured as a cycle of activities that cut across the entire course process: before (course design), during (implementation of course design and surveys), and after (internal evaluation meeting and iterative process). The cycle is repeated as long as the course is offered. The implementation phase involves three surveys, administered at the start, middle, and end of the course, in order to assess student’s perceived learning and motivation as compared to non-intensive settings. The results of the three surveys inform an iterative process, through which the course is continuously improved and developed, which is the main aim of the project. In addition, we also aim to generate knowledge about intensive learning in sustainability education, relevant to educators at the Faculty of Law, KU, and elsewhere.
Associate Professor on Environmental and Climate Change Law
Beatriz Martinez Romera
Centre for International Law and Governance (CILG)
Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
Karen Blixens Plads 16
DK-2300 Copenhagen S
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