On March 13, 2020, nineteen youth activists filed a complaint in the South Korean Constitutional Court alleging that the nation's climate change law violates their fundamental rights, including the right to live and a clean environment. South Korea's Framework Act on Low Carbon, Green Growth, which was amended in December 2019, commits to reducing annual nationwide greenhouse gases to 536 million tons by 2030, a 24% cut from 2017. The plaintiffs argue that this target is insufficient to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.
The plaintiffs submitted a supplemental complaint on May 15, 2020, to provide the Court with info on the facts and science of climate change, and, in their view, Korea's insufficient response to the threat.
|03/13/2020||Complaint||Download||Complaint in Korean|
|04/07/2020||Not Available||Download||Unofficial summary of complaint in English|
|03/13/2020||Complaint||Download||English translation of complaint|
|05/15/2020||Complaint||Download||Supplemental complaint in Korean|
|05/15/2020||Complaint||Download||English translation of supplemental complaint|
|09/28/2020||Not Available||Download||Supplemental brief filed by plaintiffs in Korean|
|09/28/2020||Not Available||Download||English translation of supplemental brief|