Environment

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 ...
Waitangi Day: Rights, Sovereignty and the Politics of a National Day

Waitangi Day: Rights, Sovereignty and the Politics of a National Day

New Zealand celebrated its national day this week. Unlike Canada Day which marks the anniversary of the Canadian ...
Atmospheric Trust Litigation: Offering Hope To India’s Hapless Adivasi Community

Atmospheric Trust Litigation: Offering Hope To India’s Hapless Adivasi Community

The all-encompassing phenomenon of anthropogenic climate change has endangered the lives and livelihood of ...
Negotiating for Change in Climate Change

Negotiating for Change in Climate Change

Last month, leaders from around the world gathered in New York for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General ...
Brazilian Amazon’s Opening to Mining Operations and the Threat to the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Brazilian Amazon’s Opening to Mining Operations and the Threat to the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

On 22 August 2017, Brazilian president Michel Temer issued a decree ending the protected status of a vast Amazon ...
Guatemala: Building a Water Law from Below

Guatemala: Building a Water Law from Below

Guatemala, the Land of Eternal Spring, is one of the most ecologically diverse nations on the planet and is ...
Seeking Environmental Justice: Coal, Campaigns and Climate Change (with Nick Stump)

Seeking Environmental Justice: Coal, Campaigns and Climate Change (with Nick Stump)

Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, what is the future ...

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