Environmental Court Cases: Leghari v. Federation of Pakistan

Natural Justice has developed a series of summaries of significant court cases from across the world related to climate change and rights of nature. These are designed for the public, policy makers and practitioners and provide a snapshot of cases that are being brought to courts in order to advance the protection and rights of nature, including seeking ways to hold governments accountable for their international commitments to reducing carbon emissions.

Leghari v. Federation of Pakistan

This case focused on adaptation measures rather than mitigation measures, as Pakistan is not a major contributor to climate change but is particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts. A farmer brought the case against the government for its failure to enact adaptation measures to address vulnerabilities associated with climate change. Ashgar Leghari, a Pakistani farmer, sued the national government for its failure to properly implement the National Climate Change Policy of 2012 and the Framework for Implementation of Climate Change Policy (2014-2030).

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