We focus on the right of every individual and community to live in a sustainable environment enabling the realization of their human rights. Our actions are aimed at furthering environmental protection through human rights litigation. We see great potential in this area starting on the Austrian sub-regional level by supporting citizens’ initiatives, but also for third party interventions before the CJEU and the ECtHR on cases that have an environment or climate link. More broadly we are hoping to actively contribute to international developments relating to issues such as abusive practices of corporations, as well as the Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations.

Current initiatives

Reduction of fine dust and noise in local communities in Austria: frequently, a lack of legal knowledge of the citizen’s rights and the prevailing legal framework prevent an amelioration of the situation. As a result, simple fine dust and noise reduction measures are not adopted by the administration of the communities. CEHRI accompanies relevant strategic legal proceedings and initiatives of individuals aimed at the implementation of fine dust and noise reduction measures.