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Climate Justice through International Law: A High-Level Dialogue

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Kalain Hosein
HE Nikenike Vurobaravu
The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC
Elizabeth Wathuti
The Rt Hon Philip Davis
Christopher Bartlett
Date & Time
5:15pm, 9 November 2022 - 6:15pm, 9 November 2022
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In a matter of weeks, the United Nations General Assembly is expected to make a landmark decision that could transform the status of climate change under international law.

The government of Vanuatu has led the movement behind a resolution to formally request an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on legal aspects of climate change.

If the resolution passes, it could set a precedent for legal action against polluters and have far-reaching implications for climate change litigation and international disputes on climate harm.

This high-level dialogue will examine the implications of an ICJ advisory opinion for small-island states and their struggle to achieve climate justice.

Photo credit: Rodney Dekker / Climate Visuals

Kalain Hosein Moderator
HE Nikenike Vurobaravu Panellist
The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC Panellist
Elizabeth Wathuti Panellist
The Rt Hon Philip Davis Panellist
Christopher Bartlett Panellist
Kalain Hosein

Kalain Hosein is a multimedia journalist based in Trinidad and Tobago. Since 2014, he has reported on weather, climate, and the environment for his online media company, Trinidad and Tobago Weather Center.
In 2019, he joined Guardian Media Limited in Trinidad and Tobago as their Weather Anchor, producing compelling weather, climate, and environment coverage across television, print, digital, and radio. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kalain leveraged his skills with data, bringing another layer of pandemic coverage and analytical data journalism to Trinidad and Tobago.
He has a deep interest in climate change and nature conservation journalism, as well as in using data in explanatory reports to link the weather we experience to the long-term trends of our now-changing climate.

HE Nikenike Vurobaravu

His Excellency Nikenike Vurobaravu is a diplomat and politician who has served as President of Vanuatu since 23 July 2022. He has previously been employed in numerous diplomatic and government positions, including as the first resident High Commissioner to Fiji.

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC is the 6th Commonwealth Secretary-General.
She was born in Dominica and was their candidate for the post at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta in 2015.
She is the second Secretary-General from the Caribbean and the first woman to hold the post.

Elizabeth Wathuti

Elizabeth Wathuti is a Kenyan environment and climate activist. She is the founder of the Green Generation Initiative, a youth-led initiative aimed at addressing environmental issues through education, tree growing for impact, advocacy, and activism. She is determined to empower communities, particularly children and young people, to find solutions to the climate and ecological crisis.
In 2019, she was awarded the Africa Green Person of the Year Award and named as one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans by the Africa Youth Awards.

The Rt Hon Philip Davis

The Right Honourable Philip Edward Davis is the Prime Minister of the Bahamas. He has been the Member of Parliament for Cat Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador since 2002.
Previously, Hon Philip Davis served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Works and Urban Development from 2012 to 2017.

Christopher Bartlett

Dr. Christopher Bartlett has been living and working in the Pacific Islands for over two decades, and is currently managing the Government of Vanuatu’s Climate Diplomacy program. His extensive work with communities, civil society, private sector and governments in the Pacific have shaped his current climate action interests around climate adaptation, biodiversity, development finance and loss and damage. After being awarded a PhD at James Cook University, he joined Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom’s lab at Indiana University as a postdoc focusing on global multidimensional resource management problems.
Dr. Bartlett has written dozens of climate policy documents, managed the implementation of multiple national climate change projects, and serves as the lead negotiator on Loss & Damage for the Republic of Vanuatu.

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Government of Vanuatu

We are excited to partner with the Government of Vanuatu to deliver this event. Vanuatu is both a Commonwealth member state and one of the world’s most climate-vulnerable countries. Since announcing its intention to seek an advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice in 2021, Vanuatu has become a leading figure in the movement to protect vulnerable states from climate change.

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