Youth Verdict v. Waratah Coal
Jurisdiction: Queensland Land Court
Side A: Youth Verdict (Ngo)
Side B: Waratah Coal (Corporation)
Australian youth challenged proposed coal mine on human rights grounds.
On May 13, 2020, the environmental group Youth Verdict lodged an objection to the proposed Galilee Coal Project in the Queensland Land Court. According to news reports, the plaintiffs allege that by contributing to climate change the mine will infringe on their right to life, the protection of children, and the right to culture as protected by the Queensland Human Rights Act. The Galilee Coal Project has received federal and state approval but needs to be assessed by the Queensland Land Court before the final state environmental authority can be issued.