Environmental rights and the development of standards (2017-2019)
Research theme: Environment and human rights.
Environmental rights, also known as the human rights or constitutional rights that are used for the protection of the environment, have proliferated over the last 45 years. However, the precise levels of protection that they represent has since been a major question associated with this phenomenon.
This research project on environmental rights systematically investigates this question by analysing the emerging standards of environmental protection that are associated with such rights and the way that those associations are becoming formalised.
Professor Jona Razzaque collaborated with Stephen J Turner (University of Lincoln, UK), Dinah L Shelton (George Washington University, Washington DC, USA), Owen McIntyre (University College Cork, Ireland) and James R May (Widener University School of Law, Delaware, USA).
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