Climate Change, Corruption, and Colonialism: Solving the Conundrum with Regional Courts

Taylor Nchako | November 12, 2023

It is no secret that climate change is the most pressing issue of our times. Global South countries, especially those in Africa, face challenges mitigating the worst impacts of climate change, adapting technological solutions, and continuing to develop their nation’s infrastructure and industry. Cameroon provides an archetypal example of the challenges many African countries face. Plagued by an economy that both exacerbates climate change and stands to collapse from it, Cameroon struggles with corruption that has roots in colonialism and neocolonialism. This corruption taints not only the forestry service and the executive branch, but the judiciary as well, leaving Cameroon’s most vulnerable citizens—its forest communities— without redress to affect the climate policy. This Note draws on interdisciplinary scholarship to argue that the Economic Community of Central African States must adopt a broad interpretation of locus standi, a concept similar to standing in American law, to provide an effective avenue for citizens to change forestry policy in Cameroon.