The Global Pact for the Environment: At the Crossroads of Human Rights and the Environment

Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL) issue 28(1)

Wake Forest Univ. Legal Studies Paper

13 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2019 Last revised: 25 Feb 2020

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John H. Knox

Wake Forest University - School of Law

Date Written: February 1, 2019

Abstract

The Global Pact for the Environment has the potential to be a milestone in the rapidly developing relationship of human rights and the environment. Most importantly, the first article recognizes the right of every person ‘to live in an ecologically sound environment adequate for their health, well-being, dignity, culture and fulfilment’. This article provides context for the proposal to recognize the human right to a healthy environment. It reviews previous efforts to recognize the human right to a healthy environment at the national and international levels; explains how other human rights, such as rights to life and health, have been construed to apply to environmental issues; and describes how recognition of the right in the Global Pact, or in another instrument such as a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, would contribute to the growing field of environmental human rights law.

Keywords: Global Pact for the Environment, human rights, environment

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Knox, John H., The Global Pact for the Environment: At the Crossroads of Human Rights and the Environment (February 1, 2019). Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL) issue 28(1), Wake Forest Univ. Legal Studies Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3357868 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3357868

John H. Knox (Contact Author)

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