June workshop on environmental human rights litigation

Publish Date: 
Friday, May 10, 2019

ESCR-Net, together with the Centre for Human Rights and Development and in partnership with the Open Society Forum, will host its first of a series of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) litigation workshops this coming June in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Based on interest indicated by network members, the June event will focus on environmental human rights litigation, particularly involving corporate actors.

The primary aims of the workshop are:

  1. To consider key linkages between human rights and the environment;
  2. To enable confidential strategic exchange and legal problem-solving;
  3. To analyze structural factors producing environmental human rights violations; and
  4. To lay the foundation for participant solidarity and collective action in the future.

Over a dozen members from across the world and several partners from Mongolia and beyond are slated to attend.

Besides discussing casework and thematic topics—such as those relating to free, prior, and informed consent—participants will be invited to engage with critical perspectives on litigation, analyzing human rights advocacy under the lens of the network’s social movement-derived Common Charter for Collective Struggle. The Charter highlights global ESCR challenges, specifically impoverishment and dispossession amid abundance; corporate capture of the state; deepening inequality; degradation of ecosystems and a changing climate; and growing repression of human rights defenders.