Problems in Climate Change and Human Rights

53 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2011 Last revised: 13 Nov 2015

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Don Anton

ANU College of Law

Dinah L. Shelton

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: June 26, 2011


This "case study" was intended to be included in Anton & Shelton, Environmental Problems and Human Rights (Cambridge, 2011), but space limitations forced its omission from the printed text. The link between adverse impacts of climate change and human rights was pushed to the fore recently by a 2005 petition by Sheila Watt-Cloutier on behalf of the Inuit people of the Artic regions to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Human Rights challenges to harmful climate change activities and impacts have also been launched in a number of national courts. In Nigeria and Australia substantive and procedural rights have been put forward to challenge greenhouse gas emitting activites and development. This case study examines the international and national claims.

Suggested Citation

Anton, Donald K. and Shelton, Dinah L., Problems in Climate Change and Human Rights (June 26, 2011). ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 11-16, Available at SSRN: or

Donald K. Anton (Contact Author)

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Dinah L. Shelton

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