Oil Expansion in the Arctic in the Context of Climate Litigation Cases Around the World

Organized by​ Greenpeace 16. August 2016

Saturday, October 8, 15:30-17:00

Location: Björtuloft, Harpa Fifth Level

A panel of experts on climate change litigation, including intergenerational rights, environmental and human rights liability and state responsibility will discuss the wave of climate litigation cases around the world.

Cases are already in motion in the USA, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Belgium and Switzerland among others. Now a coalition of organisations in Norway is considering legal action against the government announced 23rd oil and gas license round in Arctic waters, invoking paragraph 112 of the Constitution, which protects the right of future generations to a healthy environment.


  • Julia Olson, Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children's Trust
  • Roger Cox, Lead Lawyer for the Urgenda Foundation, Canadian Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
  • Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, University of British Columbia
  • Michelle Jonker-Argueta, Legal Counsel, Greenpeace International


  • Truls Gulowsen, Head of Greenpeace Norway