Constitutionalism and Climate Justice
United Nations Environment Programme, Forthcoming
6 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2018
Date Written: September 20, 2018
This essay explores whether and the extent to which countries have seen fit to constitutionalize responses to climate change expressly or by judicial engagement. First, at least seven countries now expressly address climate change in their constitutions. Second, an increasing number of courts are finding that governmental inaction in the face of climate change can abridge constitutional rights to life, dignity or due process, or to a healthy environment.
Keywords: climate change, constitutional law, environmental law, environmental constitutionalism, environmental rights
JEL Classification: K32, K10
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