Human Rights and the Environment: Substantive Rights

RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, Malgosia Fitzmaurice, David M. Ong & Panos Merkouris, eds., 2011

GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-33

GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-33

21 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2013

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Dinah L. Shelton

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the relationship between human rights and the environment. The chapter describes multiple sources of human rights and environmental obligations, including international treaties, national law, and the judicial decisions of international courts. Human rights that indirectly call for environmental conservatism include the rights to life, health, privacy, and standard of living. This chapter concludes by noting that governments must balance human rights related to the environment with other concerns such as economic advancement.

Keywords: environmental law, health, human rights, international law

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Shelton, Dinah L., Human Rights and the Environment: Substantive Rights (2011). RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, Malgosia Fitzmaurice, David M. Ong & Panos Merkouris, eds., 2011, GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-33, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-33, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2226020

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