Sustainability and Global Environmental Constitutionalism

New Frontiers in Environmental Constitutionalism (United Nations Environment Programme, May 2017)

Widener University Delaware Law School Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 17-10

12 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2017

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James May

Widener University Delaware Law School

Date Written: May 2017

Abstract

At first blush, the relationship between sustainability and environmental constitutionalism seems strained if not strange. Environmental sustainability represents a there-and-then perspective that promotes the idea that present lives in being should consume natural resources at a rate and in a way so as to preserve comparable opportunities for future generations; in other words, the Native American proverb that “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors: we borrow it from our children.”

Keywords: Sustainability, Environmental Law, Environmental Constitutionalism, Constitutional Law

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

May, James, Sustainability and Global Environmental Constitutionalism (May 2017). New Frontiers in Environmental Constitutionalism (United Nations Environment Programme, May 2017); Widener University Delaware Law School Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 17-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2989953

James May (Contact Author)

Widener University Delaware Law School ( email )

4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803-0406
United States

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