The Application of International Environmental Law Principles in Latin America. Compilation of a Database of Superior Courts Case-Law, and Initial Findings.

24 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2016

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Virginia Sanfelice

Universidade de Coimbra, Faculty of Law, Students

Geert van Calster

K.U. Leuven

Leonie Reins

KU Leuven - Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 29, 2016

Abstract

This paper presents a comparative discussion of the application of principles of international environmental law in supreme courts in Latin America. We construct a database and an illustrative sample of supreme court cases related to the environment since the Rio Declaration of 1992. This sample shows a wide range of principles of and approaches to environmental law in Latin America. Preliminary findings point to a strong harmonization in the application of the principle related to the public participation and participation of indigenous groups in development projects. However, other principles, such as the woman participation, are not widely disseminated or regularly applied in court arguments and sentences. Others international environmental principles such as precaution, polluter-pays and sustainable development are also part of this analysis. This paper concludes with arguments for stronger integration of environmental law principles in the region.

Keywords: International Environmental Law, Principles,Latin America, Supreme Courts

Suggested Citation

Sanfelice, Virginia and van Calster, Geert and Reins, Leonie, The Application of International Environmental Law Principles in Latin America. Compilation of a Database of Superior Courts Case-Law, and Initial Findings. (February 29, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2746804 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2746804

Virginia Sanfelice (Contact Author)

Universidade de Coimbra, Faculty of Law, Students ( email )

Pátio das Escolas
Coimbra
Portugal

Geert Van Calster

K.U. Leuven ( email )

Tiensestraat 41
Bus 3424
B-3000 Leuven, 3000
Belgium

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Leonie Reins

KU Leuven - Faculty of Law ( email )

Tiensestraat 41
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

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