Turp v. Canada (Attorney General), Federal Court of Canada FC 893, T-110-12

Year opened: 2010
Status: Decided
Jurisdiction: Canada
Principle law(s):
Mitigation/adaptation: Mitigation


The Canadian executive branch has exclusive power to withdraw from treaties; the government’s decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol is therefore not subject to judicial review. The Federal Court held that the 2007 Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act does not limit this inherent power of the executive branch, either expressly or by implication. Furthermore, the Canadian Parliament imposed no justiciable duty upon the government to comply with Kyoto commitments.

Core objective(s): Application by Turp for judicial review of the federal government's decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Side A: Daniel Turp (Individual)
Side B: Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada (Government, government)
  • Appeal dismissed (Federal Court of Canada)
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