Timeline climate case Shell

In 2018 Milieudefensie decided to sue Shell. Here is the timeline of our climate case.

4th of april 2018

Milieudefensie sends a letter to Shell, asking them to stop causing climate change.

Letter to Shell

15th of May 2018: 10,000 co-plaintiffs

10,000 people in the Netherlands become co-plaintiffs.

28th of May 2018: Reaction Shell

Shell states in a letter that it will not respond to the demands that Milieudefensie has made. Shell doesn't find the demands justified.

12th of February 2019: 6 organizations join the lawsuit against Shell

On February 12, a new letter was sent to Shell. This second letter contained the message that the organisations ActionAid, BothEnds, Fossielvrij NL, Jongeren Milieu Actief, the Waddenvereniging and Greenpeace have joined the trial.

24th of March: more than 17,000 co-plaintiffs:

Deadline for joining our lawsuit. On the 25th of March, the counter is up to 17,000 co-plaintiffs.

5th of April 2019: Handing over of the summons

On this date, the summons were handed over to Shell in The Hague, on behalf of 17,379 co-plaintiffs and 6 organizations.RS65635_19mdshell-mw419-1961.jpg

17th of April 2019: Shell appears in court

Shell has been summoned to report to the court on April 17. Shell has 3 months to respond to the contents of the summons. 

December 2020

  • There will be 4 hearing days in December 2020. More specifically, on December 1st, 3rd, 15th and 17th. We hope that our co-plaintiffs are welcome to join us in court.
  • Usually, the verdict follows a few months after the hearings.

May 26th verdict

At 15:00 CET you can watch the verdict live  at: milieudefensie.nl/livestream