Climate Litigation in Brazil: Challenges and Opportunities

In February, the FGV Jean Monnet Center for Excellence and the Centre for Global Law, had the pleasure of hosting the event “Climate Litigation in Brazil: Challenges and Opportunities”, in partnership with the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University.

The event featured the participation of distinguished scholars and experts in the field of climate change litigation, such as the Director of Global Climate Change Litigation at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Dr. Maria Antonia Tigre. 

The opening remarks were delivered by Professor Paula Wojcikiewicz de Almeida, Director of the FGV Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and the Centre for Global Law, and Professor Thomas Trebat, Director of the Columbia Global Centers, as they welcomed the guests and highlighted some initial thoughts on climate litigation. 

Later on, Executive Director Dr. Michael Burguer and Director of Global Climate Change Litigation, Dr. Maria Antonia Tigre, both from the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, and Professor Danielle de Andrade Moreira, Director of the Law, Environment and Justice in the Anthropocene (JUMA) Research Group at PUC-Rio, discussed the importance of climate change litigation, as a crucial role in environmental protection, enabling individuals and organizations to seek justice in the face of climate threats and the challenges therein. 

Thereafter, a researcher of the Centre addressed the topic by highlighting the innovations brought by its provisions and the global reaction to the norm, as well as the ongoing debate about the implementation and monitoring tools. The presentation briefly discussed compliance with the World Tarde Organization’s legal framework and its challenges with regards to Brazil. The discussion continued in a further set of panels, all designed to promote the discussion and debates of this important topic. 

To finish the event, the FGV Centre for Global Law had the opportunity to present an outline of its most recent research projects, notably concerning the EU deforestation regulation and its potential applicability in Brazil.

The statements provided by staff members of Fundação Getulio Vargas, which inform their identification as such, in articles and interviews published in the media in general, exclusively represent the opinions of their authors and not necessarily the institutional position of FGV. FGV Regulation No. 19/2018.

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