9 March 2018 from 15:30 to 18:00

Green People, Green Judges

At the UGlobe event Green People, Green Judges, UGlobe will focus on the call for the right to a healthy environment that has taken place in recent years, from India to Europe, from the US to New Zealand. This call has led to legal action all around the world. With legal action, citizens and citizen groups use courts to challenge their governments to go beyond current measures to combat climate change.

You can find an extended programme here (pdf), with more information on the speakers.


15:30 - 16:00: Doors open, with coffee & tea

16:00: Opening by Janneke Plantenga, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance

16:05: Welcome by the Academic Director of UGlobe, prof. Sybe de Vries

16:15 - 17:05: Pitches from:


Climate lawsuit: The people v. Arctic oil. How Norwegian youths took the state to court


Greening democracy: The role of environmental organisations from a historical perspective


  • Ugo Taddei (Lawyer at Client Earth involved in climate change litigation throughout Europe)

Air pollution in court


  • Dr. Edward Brans (Lawyer at Pels Rijcken, represented the Dutch state in the Milieudefensie clean air litigation)

State of the Netherl./Urgenda c.s. and State of the Netherl./Milieudefensie c.s.: Two different cases.Global v. regional environmental interests


  • Dr. Naomi van Steenbergen (Researcher at the Ethics Institute at Utrecht University)

What may we expect from individuals and from the state?

17:00: Panel discussion and audience questions

Prof. Javier Couso will provide the first response from the audience. Javier Couso is Professor at the University Diego Portales, Chile and visiting professor at SIM/UGlobe

17:30 - 18:00: Drinks

Start date and time
9 March 2018 15:30
End date and time
9 March 2018 18:00