Environment rights in human rights courts

Research theme: Environment and human rights.

There is a growing recognition that protection of the environment is necessary in order to protect a wide range of human rights, including the right to life, the right to an adequate standard of living and the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. At the same time, recognition of a specific right to a healthy or sustainable environment is increasing at national level, in national constitutions and in internationally, in regional human rights treaties.

As a consequence, human rights courts are increasingly being called upon to adjudicate environmental rights claims.

The following publications explore a number of questions surrounding the growing environmental rights jurisprudence: