Legal Mobilisation and Climate Change

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15 Dec 2015

GGSJ Visiting Scholar (2015) and renowned lawyer, Antonio Oposa and Senior Researcher Dr. Jeff Handmaker were both interviewed in a 10-column feature article of the Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer.

Oposa described his many decades of work as a lawyer, social mobiliser and environmental rights advocate. Oposa brought numerous, ground-breaking cases in the Philippines is credited with establishing what has become known as “The Oposa Doctrine”, namely the right of children to initiate legal actions on their behalf and on behalf of generations yet unborn. Oposa was quoted:

The law can be a powerful force for social change.

Handmaker, who used to practice law and now conducts research at ISS on legal mobilisation, explained how lawyers need to grapple with the political side of their work, in order to better understand the strategic potential of legal advocacy. Making a distinction between the political and the tendency of some to politicise legitimate legal claims, he was quoted:

Law is inherently political, although some lawyers would prefer not to face up to this.

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