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Climate lawsuits build as a Latin American court hears largest case ever

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is holding its final hearing in Brazil for a landmark climate case, part of a global surge in climate litigation urging countries to enhance climate actions
• The court's advisory opinion, expected by year's end, could trigger a new wave of climate-related lawsuits

🔭 The context: This case is the largest to date for the Inter-American Court, involving over 600 participants and 262 submissions from various groups
• The hearings come as international courts like the ICJ and the U.N. tribunal under the Law of the Seas also address climate-related responsibilities of nations

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: These rulings may compel governments to take more aggressive climate actions and provide legal recourse for citizens and organizations to hold them accountable, potentially setting a global precedent for climate justice

⏭️ What's next: Following the court's decision, Latin American countries may need to align their laws with the ruling to avoid litigation, potentially influencing global climate policies and legal frameworks

💬 One quote: “The climate litigation landscape is really broad and diverse and massively growing,” said Lucy Maxwell, co-director of the nonprofit Climate Litigation Network

📈 One stat: Over 100 climate cases are currently pending in national courts worldwide, targeting governments for failing to meet climate obligations

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