The Pacific Island State of Palau recently announced in the UN General Assembly that it will seek an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the topic of climate change damage. Palau intends to ask the ICJ to provide guidance on how the ‘no harm rule’ and the UN Law of the Sea Convention apply to climate change damage.

Arguably, a credible case for Palau can be made under both the ‘no harm rule’ and the Law of the Sea Convention,’ stated Keely Boom, Director of the Climate Justice Programme. ‘An Advisory Opinion from the ICJ may help Pacific Island States such as Palau turn the tide in the international climate negotiations.’

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