Duty of Care: The Climate Trials | Global Health Film

Duty of Care: The Climate Trials (2022)

Directed by Nic Balthazar, 57 mins

Duty of Care tells the exclusive, inside story of Roger Cox, the first and only lawyer to have successfully sued a government and an oil giant in landmark court cases that established catastrophic climate change can be made illegal. Roger’s ground-breaking cases against the Dutch government and oil giant Royal Dutch Shell established that those in power owe a duty of care to citizens to avoid catastrophic climate change, stunning legal experts and sending shockwaves through parliaments and corporate boardrooms around the world.

With echoes of the lawsuits against Big Tobacco, this inspirational documentary gives a behind-the-scenes experience of the David versus Goliath battle as one Dutch property lawyer turned litigation maverick takes on powerful states and the world’s largest oil company in the court room drama of our lifetimes.

With interviews from experts and activists leading the wave of international climate litigations triggered by Roger’s successes, the film presents a fresh and inspiring story about, and for, future generations of climate leaders, as Lady Justice takes over where politicians and profit makers have obstructed and delayed. 

Can Roger, now one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 people, and the pioneers of climate litigation succeed before it’s too late?

Duty of Care: on demand

We first showed Duty of Care at our 2022 Global Health Film Festival and we screened it again at the Australia Global Health Film Festival on Monday 23 October 2023.


Duty of Care will be available for you to watch from Friday 27 October to Monday 30 October 2023. VOD tickets are on sale now at £4.99

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