The Human Right to Environmental Information

14 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2019

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Rebecca M. Bratspies

City University of New York - School of Law

Sarah Lamdan

CUNY School of Law

Date Written: May 28, 2019

Abstract

This chapter traces the history of right to environmental information, situating the emergence of this right in the broader global trend towards recognizing environmental rights as human rights. It begins with the compelling need for access to environmental information in order to protect human rights. The chapter then describes the emergence of a right of access to environmental information, and demonstrates how the right to environmental information has become an integral part of the human rights landscape. It defines a robust right of access to information to include a State obligation to create and actively disseminate environmental information. This chapter also traces the complex relationship between achieving substantive environmental outcomes and fulfilling information rights.

Keywords: environmental information, EIA, access, Bhopal, human rights, environmental rights, information, access to justice

JEL Classification: K00, K23, K32, K33, K28, K38

Suggested Citation

Bratspies, Rebecca M. and Lamdan, Sarah, The Human Right to Environmental Information (May 28, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3395554 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3395554

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Sarah Lamdan

CUNY School of Law ( email )

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Long Island City, NY 11101
United States
7183404563 (Phone)

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