Environmental Law Dimensions of Human Rights

ISBN : 9780198736141

Ben Boer
272 Pages
168 x 242 mm
Pub date
Mar 2015
Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law
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How can we guarantee a right to life or a right to health without also guaranteeing a decent environment in which to exercise these rights? It is becoming increasingly obvious that a high quality environment is key to the fundamental human rights of life and health, and associated rights such as the right to clean water, adequate housing, and food. This book canvasses a range of law and policy issues concerning human rights and the environment. Each chapter examines an aspect of the links between environmental law and human rights in substantive and/or procedural terms, loosely falling into four themes: human rights and the environment in the context of the private sector; analysis of decisions of the European and Inter-American courts in respect of substantive and procedural aspects; human rights and the environment in the Asian region, including the issue of human displacement; and the future direction of human rights and environment law.


1. Square Pegs and Round Holes? Environmental Rights and the Private Sector
2. Benefit- Sharing as a Bridge between the Environmental and Human Rights Accountability of Multinational Corporations
3. Environmental Jurisprudence of the European and Inter-American Courts of Human Rights: Comparative Insights
4. Access to Environmental Justice in the European Courts
5. Environmental and Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific
6. Human Displacement and Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific
7. Human Rights and the Environment: Where Next?

About the author: 

Professor Ben Boer has been teaching and researching in the field of national and international environmental law since 1979. He specializes in the Asia Pacific region, in the fields of sustainable development, natural and cultural heritage conservation, biodiversity, and human rights and the environment. He was appointed as a Distinguished Professor at Wuhan University Law School in its Research Institute of Environmental Law, and is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney Law School. He was the international director of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law based at the University of Ottawa from 2006 to 2008. He was appointed as Deputy Chair of the World Commission on Environmental Law by the Council of IUCN in 2012. He has served as a consultant to various intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and foreign aid agencies in a number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region over the past 25 years.

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