Professor Morgera gives evidence to Scottish Government on human rights and climate change plan

Feb 2021 — On 26 January 2021, Prof Elisa Morgera, member of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, was invited to give evidence to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the updated Climate Change Plan that will support Scotland in transitioning to net-zero emissions by 2045.

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Prof Morgera was invited to reflect in particular on the role of human rights in setting the level of ambition for the plan, supporting transformational change as part of a just transition, and ensuring transparency and inclusion in climate change governance. In addition, she reflected on the role of a human rights-based approach for green recovery and to ensure policy coherence and joined-up implementation across different sectors of Scottish economy. You can watch a recording of Prof Morgera’s contribution here

Prof Morgera offered these comments both in her academic capacity, based on her research on the inter-dependence of international human rights law and biodiversity, and as part of the National Task Force for the development of a legal framework on human rights leadership for Scotland. 

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