This lecture forms part of the RED-SPINEL Project. This lecture series explores different aspects of how counter-majoritarian instruments and democracy interact; how they relate to inequality and social justice; and how they relate to citizens’ trust and rational decision-making. During this lecture, Christina Eckes will be speaking about her research regarding the separation of powers in Europe and strategic climate litigation. Eckes is professor of European law at the University of Amsterdam. Her current research interests are the separation of powers in 21st century Europe and strategic climate litigation in Europe. Her most recent publications examine the legal and factual exceptionalism of climate litigation, climate constitutionalisation, and the normative relevance of climate science in litigation.