Environment

Justice Kennedy’s Mixed Environmental Legacy Turns Tragic

Justice Kennedy’s Mixed Environmental Legacy Turns Tragic

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a 1988 Reagan appointee, will leave behind a mixed environmental law ...
State Policy or Individual Right: The Recent Development of Environmental Protection in China

State Policy or Individual Right: The Recent Development of Environmental Protection in China

In late June 2018, the Chinese State Council released the three-year action plan to 'win the battle for blue ...
July 4, 2018 – A New Independence Day

July 4, 2018 – A New Independence Day

In the United States, the Fourth of July is celebrated as Independence Day. Someday history books may celebrate ...
Legal Actions Against Mountain Valley Pipeline Underscore Grassroots Activism’s Importance

Legal Actions Against Mountain Valley Pipeline Underscore Grassroots Activism’s Importance

The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is a 303-mile U.S. interstate project currently under construction that would ...
Recent Trends in Climate Change Litigation: Colombia’s Amazon and Juliana v U.S   

Recent Trends in Climate Change Litigation: Colombia’s Amazon and Juliana v U.S   

On April 4, 2018, the Colombian Supreme Court handed down an important ruling (Tutela, a rights-based injunction) ...
When Human Rights Are Not Enough: Defending the Rights of Nature (with Mari Margil)

When Human Rights Are Not Enough: Defending the Rights of Nature (with Mari Margil)

There is an unmistakable growing awareness of the ways in which our human lives and the environment are ...
Moving towards the recognition and protection of climate change refugees under international human rights law

Moving towards the recognition and protection of climate change refugees under international human rights law

The recent hurricanes that hit the coast of the Caribbean have renewed the fears of a global climate refugee ...
U.N. Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment: A Catalyst for Grassroots-Centered U.S. Reform?

U.N. Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment: A Catalyst for Grassroots-Centered U.S. Reform?

John H. Knox, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, recently issued a final report to ...
Homeless at Home: Forced Internal Displacement In India

Homeless at Home: Forced Internal Displacement In India

In September 2017, the Prime Minister of India inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam (SSP), which was designated as ...
Taking the backseat? Strategic utilisation of human rights in the implementation of SDGs

Taking the backseat? Strategic utilisation of human rights in the implementation of SDGs

Human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are closely entwined. The text of the Agenda declares ...
Sustainable Development as a Human Right (with Olivier De Schutter)

Sustainable Development as a Human Right (with Olivier De Schutter)

In September 2015, the UN adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all ...
Irish High Court rules Constitution protects a ‘Right to an Environment’

Irish High Court rules Constitution protects a ‘Right to an Environment’

The recent 2017, Irish High Court judgment on environmental rights has been described as ‘historic’ as it declared ...

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