United Kingdom
Date of text
Sabin Center
Court name
High Court of Justice
Seat of court
England and Wales
Reference number
[2007] EWHC 1957
Climate Change

A United Kingdom court granted injunctive relief to control a probable campaign of direct action and civil disobedience by environmental activists in the immediate vicinity of a UK airport. Environmental groups were planning to organize a climate change awareness/action event, likely to attract thousands of activists, in the immediate vicinity of Heathrow Airport. The court ordered an injunction under the common law torts of trespass and nuisance forbidding the protesters from disrupting or impairing the operation of the airport.

Key environmental legal questions

Request for injunction against environmental activists attempting to disrupt the operations of an airport