South Korea

Kim Yujin et al. v. South Korea

Jurisdiction: Constitutional Court


Side A: Kim Yujin and other activists (Individual)


Side B: South Korean government (Government)


Core objectives:

South Korean youth filed suit against the government alleging that insufficient action on climate change violates their fundamental rights.


Summary
On March 12, 2020 thirty youth activists filed a complaint in the South Korean Constitutional Court alleging that the nation's climate change law violates their fundamental rights, including the right to live and a clean environment, according to news reports. South Korea's Framework Act on Low Carbon, Green Growth, which was amended in December 2019, commits to reducing annual nationwide greenhouse gases to 536 million tons by 2030, a 24.% cut from 2017. The plaintiffs argue that this target is insufficient to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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