Brazil’s High Court First To Declare Paris Agreement A Human Rights Treaty

In a global first, Brazil’s supreme court has declared the Paris Climate Agreement a human rights treaty. Within Brazil, the court ruled, the climate pact should supersede national law. “While scholars have argued that the Paris Agreement is a human rights treaty, the Brazilian court is the first to formally recognize it as such,” explained Maria Antonia Tigre, global climate litigation fellow at Columbia University’s Sabin Center. As a result of the ruling, if Brazil’s Congress passes a law that conflicts with the Paris Agreement, the Paris Agreement should take precedence. “In practice, the law in question is overridden by the treaty,” Tigre wrote.

By Yale Environment 360. Yale School of the Environment. July 7, 2022.

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