Environmental Rights in the European Union

Alan Boyle, Michael R. Anderson Human Rights Approaches to Environmental Protection (OUP, 1996)

11 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2014  

Sionaidh Douglas-Scott

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law; Queen Mary University of London

Date Written: 1996

Abstract

This essay explores links between the environment and human rights, and responds to the growing debate among activists, lawyers, academics and policy-makers on the legal status of environmental rights in both international and domestic law, and on the proposals for a human right to a satisfactory environment, focusing on the particular context of the EC.

Written in 1996, it concluded that it was probably inaccurate to use the language of rights to describe environmental protection under (then) EC law, if what was intended was the assertion of an unassailable or at least a very strong claim. It regretted the lack of participatory environmental rights in EC law, suggesting that they are a particularly important feature of environmental protection.

Keywords: Environmental law, EU law, international law, moral philosophy

Suggested Citation

Douglas-Scott, Sionaidh, Environmental Rights in the European Union (1996). Alan Boyle, Michael R. Anderson Human Rights Approaches to Environmental Protection (OUP, 1996). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2462201

Sionaidh Douglas-Scott (Contact Author)

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Queen Mary University of London ( email )

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