UGANDA

Photo: Teseum

Photo: Teseum

LEGAL UPDATES

April 30, 2014

The High Court of Uganda at Kampala held a preliminary hearing on the Ugandan atmospheric trust lawsuit. The judge told the parties to begin a mediation process, which must be concluded in 90 days. If in mediation no progress is made as to the relief sought in the complaint, then a formal judicial process will begin, and the court indicated it would hear the matter on November 6, 2014.

September 20, 2012

With the support of Our Children's Trust, Ugandan environmental NGO Greenwatch filed an atmospheric trust lawsuit against the Uganda government on behalf of local youth plaintiffs in the High Court of Uganda Holden at Kampala. The complaint invokes a governmental public trust duty under Articles 39 and 237 of the Uganda Constitution to protect the country's atmospheric resources from climate change for the benefit of current and future generations. Greenwatch and their youth plaintiffs seek court orders to compel Ugandan agencies to enforce the terms of international climate treaties, conduct a carbon accounting, develop a climate change mitigation plan in accordance with the best science, and protect Ugandan children from the adverse impacts of climate change.