Library Lecture - 'Landmark US Federal Climate Lawsuit – From a Legal and Socio-Political Perspective'.

The Peace Palace Library has the pleasure to announce the third HELF Lecture, titled ‘Landmark US Federal Climate Lawsuit – From a Legal and Socio-Political Perspective’.

On Tuesday May 16, 2017, the third Hague Environmental Law Facility (HELF) Lecture will take place in the Academy Building of the Peace Palace. The HELF Lecture, a joint effort of four organizations in The Hague, will bring attention to a pending case between American Youth Groups and the Federal Government of the United States. The complaint of the American Youth Groups, age 9 to 20, asserts that through the US Governments’ affirmative actions in causing climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources. Last November, a US Court issued a historic ruling denying the US Government and fossil fuel industry’s motions to dismiss the constitutional climate change lawsuit. This means the Youth Groups have legal standing in this case because their rights are at stake. The case is now headed to trial.


17.00   Doors Open and Welcome Drinks

17.30   Opening Remarks by the Peace Palace Library Director

17.40   Introduction by Dr. Luca Pantaleo (Moderator)

17.55   Kelly Matheson (First Speaker)

18.20   Brian Nail (Second Speaker)

18.45   Concluding Remarks by Dr. Luca Pantaleo (Moderator)

18.55 Q & A

19.20  Closing Remarks

19.25   Departure

To attend this Lecture registration is required. Please register HERE

Admission is free of charge.

The Hague Environmental Law Facility (HELF) is a joint initiative between four institutions in and around The Hague, namely the Peace Palace Library, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Asser Institute and the Institute for Environmental Security.  HELF is active in contributing to the sphere of international environmental law and policy by bringing together those involved in research, education, policy advice and practice in this field to discuss concrete challenges regarding the development and implementation of environmental law.

Please check this website in the coming weeks for more information about this Lecture.


Peace Palace Library
Carnegieplein 2
2517 KJ Den Haag