This Shell matter: multinational Royal Dutch Shell summoned for insufficient efforts in combatting climate change

Citizens and organizations around the world increasingly take their concerns regarding climate change to the courtroom. Such climate change or environmental (public interest) litigation so far has primarily been directed against governments, such as the case of Urgenda v. the Dutch State. The recent Dutch case Milieudefensie et al. v. Royal Dutch Shell seems to mark a new phase in climate change litigation whereby a private entity is being summoned for insufficient efforts in combatting climate change. For the first time, an interest group is trying to adjust a company‚Äôs climate policy with the aim of respecting international climate goals by means of a judicial order. Continue reading “This Shell matter: multinational Royal Dutch Shell summoned for insufficient efforts in combatting climate change”