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Thursday, 2 March 2023

Request for an advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the obligations of States in respect of climate changeThe Republic of Vanuatu has secured the co-sponsorship of no less than 105 States for the submission to vote by the UN General Assembly of a Draft Resolution requesting the International Court of Justice, dubbed the 'World Court', to provide an advisory opinion on climate change under international law.

Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance ('C-EENRG') founding director, Professor Jorge Viñuales, has acted as counsel for Vanuatu over the last two years advising the government – alongside other colleagues – on the overall strategy and the legal aspects of this initiative, particularly on the specific language to be used in the formulation of the Draft Resolution.

Professor Viñuales is the Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy and a Fellow of the Faculty of Law's Lauterpacht Centre for International Law.

The final text of the co-sponsored Draft Resolution can be read online.