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Prof. Saleemul Huq Memorial Public Lecture on Promoting Climate Justice: Roles of Courts and Youth

April 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm



The concept of Climate Justice is basically rooted in the principle of proportionality and the polluter-pays principle. It stipulates that responsibilities for addressing vulnerabilities, impacts, and responses to climate change should be determined according to historical pollution levels in the atmosphere. Moreover, vulnerable developing countries ought to receive financial, technological, and capacity building support from polluting countries based on their vulnerabilities. However, the concept of Climate Justice is not adequately reflected in policies and practices. Legal communities across various jurisdictions are making efforts to compel polluters to pay for climate-related loss and damage. Concurrently, youth and children have emerged as crucial stakeholders in the multistakeholder governance approach to climate change. This lecture aims to present some innovative, solution-oriented thoughts on climate litigations and meaningful youth engagement to promote climate justice.

Professor Saleemul Huq was a leading advocate for promoting climate justice. Over the past three decades, Professor Saleem has played a pivotal role in cultivating a ‘Climate Generation’ to respond to climate change, not only in Bangladesh but also worldwide. This emerging generation comprises academics, researchers, students, youth, children, climate negotiators, policymakers, NGOs, UN agencies, and development partners. His passing represents a loss to this continuity of their efforts. Nevertheless, this generation remains committed to continuing their work in the spirit of Prof. Saleem. This public lecture is dedicated to Professor Saleem and aims to educate all relevant stakeholders, particularly youth and children, and launch a campaign titled ‘Youth Voice for Climate Justice.’

Speakers :

Prof. Dr. César Rodríguez-Garavito, Professor, New York University School of Law, USA.

Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Date: 16th of April 2024, Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM,
Venue: Auditorium, Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB)

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April 16
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