Climate Change and Climate Crisis: Panel discussion


"Climate Change and Intergenerational Justice"


"Climate Change and Intergenerational Justice"


Thursday 26.01.2023

4.45- 6.15 pm

Lecture Hall C1, Uni Campus


What will our future look like if we don't act now? 

The issue of intergenerational justice revolves around this question, which, at the latest since the emergence of Fridays for Future, has also led children and young people around the world to demand effective action. 

From a legal point of view, this term plays an increasingly important role in the fight  against climate change in the context of so-called "climate lawsuits". What is being demanded here is a fair distribution of burdens between the generations. 

Nevertheless, the term "intergenerational justice" and its connection to children's rights is still little illuminated in Austria. 

Therefore, it will be discussed what is meant by intergenerational justice - especially from a children's rights perspective - where this argument has already been applied in legal proceedings and how this argumentation could perhaps also be made usable in Austria.



Moderation: Elisabeth Nemeth (UNIVIE)

Discussants: Sebastian Öhner (KJA Wien), Angela Kallhoff (UNIVIE), Nikolaus Handig (BOKU)


Sebastian Öhner legal officer at the Vienna Children's and Youth Ombudsman's Office and a board member of the Austrian League for Human Rights, studied law at the Juridicum Vienna and Istanbul University (TR).

Angela Kallhoff, professor at the Department of Philosophy (UNIVIE), focuses on ethics, political philosophy and applied ethics in her research.

Nikolaus Handig, researcher at BOKU, studied law in Vienna (UNIVIE) and Lisbon (Universidade Católica Portuguesa), focusing on environmental law and private commercial law.



To join us live:

... in person: Lecture Hall C1, UniCampus Hof 2

... online: Link to livestream



In the framework of our lecture series Climate Change and Climate Crisis - Staying within Planetary Boundaries (2022W)