After the conviction – Sweden’s climate policy can be judged to violate human rights

2,000 pensioners sued the Swiss state as they believed that their lack of action on climate issues violated their human rights.

The European Court of Justice ruled in the pensioners’ favor – and now similar processes may be tried in a Swedish court.

The organization Aurora has sued the Swedish state on similar grounds.

– I think this confirms that the Supreme Court will examine this, says Jonas Ebbesson, professor of environmental law at Stockholm University.

Aurora: Gets a much better location

Ida Edling, climate activist and spokeswoman for Aurora, believes that Tuesday’s announcement could be beneficial for the group.

– Since the European Court of Justice has now found that insufficient climate measures can mean a violation of states’ obligations to protect human rights, Aurora is in a much better position to argue that Sweden is also failing that obligation.