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5 Jan 2018

Norway: Court dismisses climate lawsuit against the Gvt. regarding Arctic oil drilling licenses

On 4 January 2018, an Oslo court dismissed environmental NGO's climate change lawsuit against the Norwegian government regarding Arctic oil drilling licences. Greenpeace Nordic, Nature and Youth, and the Grandparents Climate Campaigns argued that a 2015 oil licensing round allowing drilling in the Barents Sea violates the Norwegian constitution and the Paris Agreement.

Although the court rejected the argument that awarding the oil licenses had breached Norway's Consitution, a decision which the environmental NGOs appealed, they welcomed the court's recognition of the right to a healthy environment, and hoped this case could prompt other climate change litigation around the world. 

On 23 January 2020, an Oslo appeals court upheld the ruling. Greenpeace said it would appeal the case to Norway's Supreme Court.

More information about the case here.