Home > Seminars > BIICL Webinar Series Sponsored by Landmark Chambers – Rising Sea Levels: A Matter for the ICJ?

This webinar has now taken place. The recording may be accessed here.


Landmark Chambers is sponsoring and providing speakers for the British Institute of International and Comparative Law‘s webinar series on rising sea levels.

In 2011, the President of Palau, Mr Toribiong announced that the Republic of Palau would ask the UN General Assembly to seek an ICJ advisory opinion: “It is time we determine what the international rule of law means in the context of climate change.” The Marshall Islands and Vanuatu, have also, at various points in time, expressed their intention to pursue an ICJ advisory opinion on climate change. However, this was not actively pursued. In 2013, the Yale Report outlined some key aspects of this issue and called upon the UNGA to petition the ICJ to issue an opinion on state responsibility for transboundary harm caused by greenhouse gas emissions. In 2015, Prof Phillipe Sands, QC delivered a public lecture at the UK Supreme Court focusing on the role of international law and judges in addressing legal issues relating to climate change, endorsing this approach among others. A group of young international students from many countries, including the Pacific Islands, are campaigning on this issue and seek a forum to share their views and hear back from experts.

Chair: Professor Antonios Tzanakopoulos, University of Oxford

Speakers: Jule Schnakenberg, Pacific Island Students Fighting Climate Change, PISFCC, Aoife Fleming, Pacific Island Students Fighting Climate Change, PISFCC, Dr Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh, Leiden University, and Alex Shattock, Landmark Chambers.

**Participation is free of charge however, you must be a registered BIICL member to access this event; you will need to be logged in to your BIICL account to book your place. Please note that participants will receive the joining instructions by email prior to the webinar. If you have any queries regarding this event please email webinars@landmarkchambers.co.uk.**



Thursday 11th March 2021


09:00 - 10:30




Pricing and registration costs can be found on the BIICL website.




Key questions to be considered:

• Could the Pacific Islands and/or islands of the Commonwealth seek an Advisory Opinion from the ICJ on the issue? Should they do so? What are the opportunities and risks?
• What are various interests States might have to back this initiative?
• What would be the question(s) posed to the ICJ?
• Would that be the optimum course of action? And what are the problems and limitations of this approach?

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