The Human Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment in Climate Change Litigation
18 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2019
Date Written: April 10, 2019
This paper discusses a particular field of climate change law: climate change litigation based on claims stemming from the right to a clean and healthy environment under national and international human rights law. This field is coming under increased scrutiny of both legal scholars and practitioners. While the share of rights-based climate cases within the global body of climate change litigation is still very insignificant, a number of such cases have already been heard by courts all across the globe. The initial assessment of the existing case-law allows for cautious optimism that the use of rights-based claims, notably the right to a clean and healthy environment under national and/or international law, is justified and can yield at least some positive results.
Keywords: climate change, litigation, courts, human rights, right to a clean and healthy environment, international law, constitutional law, public trust doctrine
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