Legal   Framework

Our Action Plan:


To file a legal action in the ICJ, we need the UN General Assembly to pass a resolution, or a UN agency to request an ICJ opinion. To this end, we are building a coalition of grassroots NGO's around the world.



Our campaign includes law students from NYC and elsewhere around the world, as well as the United Nations' first-ever Youth Climate Summit and other Climate Week events.



Aware that the climate crisis is real, and that its dangers to Life on Earth are clear and present.
Recalling the duty of  States, as the bonus paterfamilias (good father of the family) of humankind and of Life itself, to ensure that the Earth is livable for the present and future generations.
Noting the request of concerned residents of the Earth to take serious, strong, and sustained actions to confront the climate crisis.
We decide, in accordance with Article 96 of the Charter of the United Nations, to request the International Court of Justice, pursuant to Article 65 of the Statute of the Court, to render an advisory opinion on the following question:
      “Under international law, and in the face of the climate crisis, what are the duties of States to future generations?”



We plan to present our petition and draft resolution to UN representatives in New York. We invite YOU to be one of our signatures! 

News & Events:

I Am Climate Justice Campaign 

on CNN Philippines

Vanuatu Hosts High-Profile Event on Legal Action for Climate Justice

Advocacy at the UN Youth Climate Summit

Learn more about the work of our student activists in the Philippines, who were featured by CNN as future leaders.

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Under the leadership of Secretary-General Guterres, the UN is increasing ambition for the climate, with Vanuatu leading the way.

> Vanuatu Daily Post

Read about our student activists who were invited to attend the UN's landmark summit on youth climate solutions.

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Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change

Attorney Profile

Community Activists

Read about the courageous work of law students seeking climate justice in the Pacific, and what this campaign means to them. 

> Law students speak out

Antonio Oposa is a creative litigator, and helped pioneer youth climate lawsuits in the Philippines. 

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Learn more about one of our partner organizations, and how we're combining forces to build an international movement.

> Youth Voices for Climate Action

UN Secretary-General Calls Climate Change His Number One Issue

Corals and Climate Activism

at the UN

Learn About International Climate Agreements 

Read more about the Secretary-General's urgent calls for climate action, and the goals of the United Nations.

> 2019 Global Climate Action Summit

Read more about the momentum behind climate action at the UN level, as told by one of our youth activists.

> UN Association blog

Climate Liability News Features 

Our Campaign

Climate Change Disproportionately Harms Vulnerable People 

Puzzled by the Paris Agreement? InforMEA and other UN websites offer free classes in international law and climate science.

> SDG  Academy

Legal Scholars Around the World

Endorse Youth Climate Suits

Our campaign is part of a rising tide of climate litigation worldwide - learn more about where we fit in. 

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Read about how vulnerable voices were highlighted at last year's Global Climate Action Summit, written by one of our student activists.

> UN Association blog

While radical in some respects, our legal strategy has been enthusiastically endorsed by legal scholars from numerous countries.

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