Lawsuit Over Arctic Oil Exploration Opens in Appeals Court

This week, the Appeals Court started the case in which environmental organisations have sued the Norwegian state, claiming that it violates the Constitution’s section 112, reports. The NGO’s lost the lawsuit in the District Court last year.

NGO’s Young Friends of the Earth Norway and Green peace filed the lawsuit in 2016, following the government’s opening up for oil exploration in the Barents Sea. Later, the NGO Grandparents’ Climate Action joined, and now Friends of the Earth has joined too.

The environmental NGO’s claim that the state violates the Norwegian Constitution’s section 112, which reads a.o. that "nature’s resources should be managed in a long-term and overall way that preserves this right also for the coming generations".