The Creation of a Climate Change Court of Tribunal

Shirley V Scott, Patrick J Keenan, Charlotte Ku

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One of the innovative tools the United Nations Security Council has used since the Cold War is the establishment of ad hoc international criminal tribunals. This chapter considers whether there is scope for the Council to establish a climate crimes tribunal. Despite growing interest in the concept of climate crimes and the clear authority of the Council to establish such a tribunal, there are inherent difficulties in addressing climate change via international criminal law. The chapter next considers the potential utility of the Council establishing a court that would apply other fields of public international law to address issues such as where the large numbers of people projected to be displaced are to be resettled and/or compliance with climate agreements. The chapter concludes that this tool warrants further careful analysis for its potential to make a constructive contribution to alleviating climate insecurity.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClimate Change and the UN Security Council
EditorsShirley V Scott, Charlotte Ku
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781785364648
ISBN (Print)9781785364631
StatePublished - Mar 31 2018


  • Climate change
  • United Nations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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