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Gastón Médici Colombo

PhD Programme

Law

Research group

CEDAT – Centre d’Estudis de Dret Ambiental de Tarragona

Supervisors

Jordi Jaria & Susana Borràs 

Bio

Gastón Médici Colombo obtained a Bachelor degree in 2013 at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario (Argentina). Subsequently, he worked as an associate in his own law firm for four years. In 2014, he started a Master degree in Environmental Law at the URV, and obtained the degree in 2016. His Master thesis “La tutela judicial frente al daño ambiental colectivo en Argentina y España. Radiografía del Acceso a la Justicia Ambiental” was awarded the Best Master Thesis. In 2017 he became a research fellow at the Tarragona Centre for Environmental Law Studies (CEDAT) and PhD candidate at the URV. During this last period, he has published several papers on environmental democracy and human rights, including a chapter in the book Rethinking Sustainable Development in Terms of Justice. Issues of Theory, Law and Governance (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018). Moreover, he has attended many conferences, courses and seminars, as participant and speaker. His current research interests include climate change litigation and environmental democracy, particularly, in the Latin-American scope.

Project: Litigation to avoid "dangerous climate change": special reference to Latin America

Climate change is the current greatest threat to the Earth system, humanity and life in general. With widespread impacts on every natural and human system, it implies critical consequences for the enjoyment of human rights. Taking that into consideration, we may ask whether our democracies are well-equipped enough to address the climate crisis and keep humanity within safe planetary limits. It does not seem to be the case. The responses emerged from the international institutional framework have proved to be quite insufficient and unsatisfactory. In this thesis, I will explore if Law, and specifically the Constitution, has a role to play in this question. In short, how should the Constitution to address the climate crisis be? And, how this new idea of Constitution could be used to achieve practical outcomes to cope with an urgent crisis? Climate litigation is one possible answer to this question. What does case law experience tell us? Is it a viable and effective option? Finally, under this approach, I will explore the perspectives, potentialities and limits for climate litigation in Latin America.