Judicial Review, Oceans

CliMates’ Judicial review – Case n°3: The Erika case

And the birth of the “purely ecological damage”

This article is part CliMates’ Judicial Review.
© Marine Nationale

In this article, let’s have a look back on one of the most important French environmental legal sagas of the past few years: the Erika oil spill. Of special interest is the judgment of the French Cour de Cassation rendered on 25th September 2012.

In 1999, the tanker Erika sank in the French Exclusive Economic Zone (“EEZ”), off the coast of French Brittany, dumping 30,000 barrels of heavy fuel oil into the sea and leading to one of France’s worst environmental disasters.

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Climate Justice, Judicial Review

CliMates’ Judicial review – Case n°2: Colombia Supreme Court

Nature as a subject of rights

This article is part CliMates’ Judicial Review.

On April, 5th 2018, the Supreme Court of Colombia rendered a landmark case in the field of climate litigation by attributing legal personality to the Amazon region and ordering the Colombian government to protect the region from rising deforestation rates.[1]

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Judicial Review

CliMates’ Judicial review – Case n°1: Costa Rica v. Nicaragua

What’s the price of nature? A first attempt by the ICJ

This article is part CliMates’ Judicial Review.

On 2 February 2018, the International Court of Justice (the “Court”) rendered a landmark decision on compensation for environmental damage, in Certain Activities Carried Out By Nicaragua in the Border Area (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua), Compensation Owed by the Republic of Nicaragua to the Republic of Costa Rica (“Costa Rica v. Nicaragua”).[1]

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