Journal article

A Duty to Care: The Case of Sharma v Minister for the Environment [2021] FCA 560

Jacqueline Peel, Rebekkah Markey-Towler

Journal of Environmental Law | Oxford University Press (OUP)

Abstract

Abstract This analysis considers the implications of Sharma v Minister for the Environment [2021] FCA 560 and its finding of a novel duty of care owed by the Australian Government to children to prevent climate harms. While the judgment of a single Federal Court justice is likely to be appealed and did not result in an injunction halting the coal mine, its close consideration of scientific evidence of climate impacts and recognition of the special vulnerability of children has potentially profound ramifications for the ongoing development of climate litigation, both in Australia and globally. More broadly, the Sharma decision adds to growing momentum for governments to be held..

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