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Energy charter treaty makes climate action nearly illegal in 52 countries – so how can we leave it?

By Chamu Kuppuswamy, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, University of Hertfordshire
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Five young people whose resolve was hardened by floods and wildfires recently took their governments to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Their claim concerns each country’s membership of an obscure treaty they argue makes climate action impossible by protecting fossil fuel investors.

The energy charter treaty has 52 signatory countries which are mostly EU states but include the UK and Japan. The claimants are suing 12 of them including France, Germany and the…The Conversation


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