PANEL I - Environmental Rights as Human Rights


Opening statements

Sirpa Rautio, Director of the Human Rights Centre
Jukka Viljanen, Professor of Public Law, Tampere University
Young people’s message


Keynote: David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment

Climate change, human rights and the role of youth


Panel discussion

Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne, Associate Dean for Faculty and Intellectual Life, Professor of Law, Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law

Kari Kuusiniemi, President of the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland

Bradlie Luisa Ana Martz-Sigala, Climate Reality Leader, The Climate Reality Project & Research Assistant (CCEEL), University of Eastern Finland

Nicole Onnela, Chair of UN Youth of Finland

Questions by students from Tampereen lyseon lukio high school’s Eurooppa-linja



PANEL II - International Trends in Climate Change, Courts and Youth Participation


Keynote: Dr. Daphina Misiedjan, Assistant Professor, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Dutch experience (Urgenda case) and the potentials of the ECtHR in environmental cases


Panel discussion

Gerry Liston, Legal Officer at Global Legal Action Network

Heta Heiskanen, Secretary-General of the Climate Panel, Ministry of the Environment of Finland

Päivi Hirvelä, Former Judge of the ECtHR, Judge in the Finnish Supreme Court

Milka Sormunen, Doctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki

Ellen Ojala, Climate activist, Climate youth delegate

Questions by students from Tampereen lyseon lukio high school’s Eurooppa-linja


Closing of the conference: conclusions and final statements