Your Cart

Verein KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz and Others v Switzerland [2024]

Verein KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz and Others v Switzerland [2024] ECHR 087, delivered by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), is a landmark judgment addressing the issue of climate change under the European Convention on Human Rights. The ECtHR found that Switzerland violated Article 8, which pertains to the right to respect for private and family life, and Article 6 § 1, related to access to court. This decision marks a significant recognition of the impact of climate change on human rights and the obligations of states under the Convention to combat its effects.

The case was brought by a Swiss association, Verein KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz, representing older women concerned about global warming's impact on their living conditions and health, and four individual members of the association. The ECtHR determined that the association had standing (locus standi) to bring the case on behalf of its members, acknowledging the serious adverse effects of climate change on individuals' lives, health, well-being, and quality of life as encompassed within Article 8 of the Convention.

The ECtHR highlighted the Swiss authorities' failure to implement adequate measures to mitigate climate change, including setting and meeting greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, and establishing a comprehensive domestic regulatory framework for addressing climate change. This failure constituted a breach of Switzerland's positive obligations under the Convention.

Furthermore, the ECtHR found a violation of Article 6 § 1, emphasising the importance of access to justice in climate change litigation and the role of national courts in ensuring that Convention obligations are observed. The Swiss courts had dismissed the association's complaints without adequately considering the substantial evidence concerning climate change's impact, thereby infringing upon the association's right to access a court.

This judgment signifies a pivotal moment in the legal recognition of climate change as a human rights issue, setting a precedent for future climate litigation and underscoring the necessity for states to take effective action to combat climate change in compliance with their human rights obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Check out our high-performance International Human Rights Law, and International Protection of Human Rights notes now.

Subscribe to UOL Case Bank for more exclusive content and case summaries.

Trusted by thousands of law students worldwide

Where are our students from?

Yale University

Council of Europe

Baker Mckenzie 

University of Chicago

Columbia University

New York University

University of Michigan 


University College London (UCL)

London School of Economics (LSE)

King’s College London (KCL)

University of London

University of Manchester

University of Zurich

University of York

Brandeis University

University of Exeter

University of Sheffield

Boston University

University of Washington

University of Leeds

University of Law

Royal Holloway, University of London 

Birkbeck, University of London

SOAS, University of London

University of Kent

University of Hull

Queen’s University Belfast

Toronto Metropolitan University

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

University of Buckingham

Your perfect companion for open-book and closed-book exams

Diagrams and Charts

Our carefully designed diagrams and charts will guide you through complex legal issues.

Clear and Succinct Definitions

Key concepts are concisely defined to help you understand legal topics quickly.

Statutory Provisions

Statutory provisions are provided side by side with legal concepts to help you swiftly locate the relevant legislation.

Case Summaries

We have summarised important cases for you so that you don't need to read long and boring cases.

Rules and Exceptions

Rules and exceptions are clearly listed so that you know when a rule applies and when it doesn't.


Legal terms and key concepts are explained at the beginning of each chapter to help you learn efficiently.

Case Law

Case law is provided side by side with legal concepts so that you know how legal principles and precedents were established.

Law Essay Guide

You will learn essential law exam skills and essay writing techniques that are not taught in class.

Problem Question Guide

We will show you how to answer problem questions step by step to achieve first-class results.

Structured Explanations

Complex legal concepts are broken down into concise and digestible bullet point explanations.

Legal Research

You will learn legal research techniques with our study guide and become a proficient legal researcher.


All essential concepts, principles, and case law are included so that you can answer exam questions quickly.