Oxfam launches climate change competition

Oxfam has launched a competition for students which tackles legal climate change issues in the developing world.

The competition, set up in collaboration with Advocates for International Development and the Climate Justice Programme, wants students to come up with a legal case for an imaginary developing country to take action on injuries it has suffered from climate change.

Organisers want the case to be centered around a fictional country called Algoria. However, the climate impacts it faces are based on the latest real-life data and findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The Charity wants students to produce a 3,500-word complaint to identify the plaintiffs, defendants, remedies sought and arguments that could be used in an authentic international legal forum.

Kate Raworth, who produced a report called Climate Wrongs and Human Rights, suggested rich countries excessive carbon emissions violate the basic human rights of millions of the worlds poorest people.

When vulnerable communities have tried to use human rights law for climate justice, it has thrown up major weaknesses. Its extremely difficult for people in poor countries to identify who to sue, how to prove the injury done, or even where to bring their case. said Ramworth.

The winners, who will be announced in March 2009, will have their cases published on the Oxfam website and receive 100 in book vouchers.