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Environmental Rights
The Development of Standards


Stephen J. Turner, Sumudu Attapatu, Karen Morrow, Evadné Grant, Louis Kotzé, Anél du Plessis, Áine Ryall, Owen McIntyre, Lara Ognibene, Angela Kariuki, Jona Razzaque, Gitanjali N. Gill, Alexandra Aragão, Silvia Nonna, Nathan J. Cooper, David Marrani, Craig Kauffman, Linda Sheehan, Erin Daly, James R. May
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  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108482240

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  • 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 forty-five years. However, the precise levels of protection that they represent has since been a major question associated with this phenomenon. Environmental Rights: The Development of Standards systematically investigates this question by analyzing the emerging standards of environmental protection that are associated with such rights and the way that those associations are becoming formalized. It covers all of the relevant human rights treaties to illustrate how environmental rights standards are emerging in this dynamic area. Bringing together an elite group of scholars, this book discusses significant new insights into the way that environmental rights are developing, the standards of protection that they confer, and the way that standards in the field of environmental rights can potentially be further developed in the future.

    • The first book to comprehensively analyze the development of standards in the field of environmental rights
    • Assists in understanding the precise content of environmental rights and what standard of protection they afford rights holders in practice
    • Provides a historical account of the way that environmental rights have developed
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    'This compendium is a timely, valuable, and insight-filled addition to the blossoming literature on environmental rights. Moving from vague aspirations to concrete standards is a daunting challenge for environmental rights, but urgently needed, and the authors have collectively contributed to a huge advance in our understanding.' David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment and University of British Columbia, Vancouver

    'This brilliant collection offers a lasting contribution to our understanding of the issues at the intersection of environmental protection and human rights. The distinguished contributors offer sophisticated analysis of the international, regional and municipal legal frameworks crucial for effective rights-based environmental governance.' Donald K. Anton, Griffith University, Australia

    'The emergence of environmental rights in the international legal landscape reflects growing awareness of the serious environmental stresses confronting our planet. The essays in this collection make a valuable contribution to understanding how environmental rights have been translated into standards that set out more specific levels of protection. Ultimately, this process of translation and specification of environmental rights is key to their actual application and relevance.' Marcos A. Orellana, Director of Environment and Human Rights Division, Human Rights Watch, and George Washington University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108482240
    • length: 452 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 157 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: a brief history of environmental rights and the development of standards Stephen J. Turner
    2. Environmental rights and international human rights covenants: what standards are relevant? Sumudu Attapatu
    3. The ECHR, environment-based human rights claims and the search for standards Karen Morrow
    4. The American Convention on Human Rights and environmental rights standards Evadné Grant
    5. The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and environmental rights standards Louis Kotzé and Anél du Plessis
    6. The Aarhus Convention: standards for access to justice in environmental matters Áine Ryall
    7. The emergence of standards regarding the right of access to water and sanitation Owen McIntyre
    8. Standards in the procedural rights of multilateral environmental agreements Lara Ognibene and Angela Kariuki
    9. A stock-taking of FPIC standards in international environmental law Jona Razzaque
    10. Environmental standards and the right to life in India: regulatory frameworks and judicial enterprise Gitanjali N. Gill
    11. Environmental standards in the Portuguese Constitution Alexandra Aragão
    12. The Argentinean Constitution and its relationship with environmental standards Silvia Nonna
    13. The South African Constitution – Standards of Environmental Protection Nathan J. Cooper
    14. The French Charter of the Environment and Standards of Environmental Protection David Marrani and Stephen J. Turner
    15. The Constitution of Bhutan: a quantitative environmental standard Stephen J. Turner
    16. The rights to nature: guiding our responsibilities through standards Craig Kauffman and Linda Sheehan
    17. Standards in sub-national environmental constitutionalism Erin Daly and James R. May
    18. Conclusion: analyzing the development of standards in the field of environmental rights Stephen J. Turner.

  • Editors

    Stephen J. Turner, University of Lincoln
    Stephen J. Turner is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln.

    Dinah L. Shelton, George Washington University, Washington DC
    Dinah L. Shelton is Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law Emeritus at George Washington University, Washington DC.

    Jona Razzaque, University of the West of England, Bristol
    Jona Razzaque is Professor of Environmental Law at Bristol Law School, University of the West of England, Bristol.

    Owen McIntyre, University College Cork
    Owen McIntyre is Professor and Director of the LL.M. at the University College Cork, School of Law.

    James R. May, Widener University School of Law, Delaware
    James R. May is Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener University School of Law, Delaware.


    Stephen J. Turner, Sumudu Attapatu, Karen Morrow, Evadné Grant, Louis Kotzé, Anél du Plessis, Áine Ryall, Owen McIntyre, Lara Ognibene, Angela Kariuki, Jona Razzaque, Gitanjali N. Gill, Alexandra Aragão, Silvia Nonna, Nathan J. Cooper, David Marrani, Craig Kauffman, Linda Sheehan, Erin Daly, James R. May

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