Climate Competence: Youth Climate Activism and Its Impact on International Human Rights Law

27 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2022 Last revised: 6 Apr 2022

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Aoife Daly

University College Cork; University of Liverpool

Date Written: January 26, 2022

Abstract

Those who are under-18 are not often associated with the exercise of political rights. It is argued in this article however that youth led climate activism is highlighting the extensive potential that children and young people have for political activism. Moreover, youth activists have come to be seen by many as uniquely competent on climate change. Youth activists have moved from the streets to the courts; utilising national and international human rights law mechanisms to further their cause. They are not the first to do so, and the extent of their impact is as yet unclear. Nevertheless, it is argued here that through applications such as Saachi (an application to the Committee on the Rights of the Child) and Duarte Agostinho (an application to the ECtHR) they are shifting the human-centric, highly procedural arena of international human rights law towards an approach which better encompasses person-environment connections.

Keywords: children and youth activism, climate, Saachi, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Duarte Agostinho, European Convention on Human Rights

Suggested Citation

Daly, Aoife, Climate Competence: Youth Climate Activism and Its Impact on International Human Rights Law (January 26, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4018470 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4018470

Aoife Daly (Contact Author)

University College Cork ( email )

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Ireland

University of Liverpool ( email )

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Brownlow Hill
Liverpool
United Kingdom

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