Environment

Sustainable Conservation: The Rights-Based Way to Save Africa’s Rainforests

Sustainable Conservation: The Rights-Based Way to Save Africa’s Rainforests

A new report by the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) shows that people living in Africa’s Congo Basin face widespread and intensifying human rights abuses in the name of conservation. Addressing...
Appalachia in Crisis: A Human Rights Approach to Environmental Justice in the U.S.

Appalachia in Crisis: A Human Rights Approach to Environmental Justice in the U.S.

The natural resource extraction industry has long wrought environmental, social, and economic devastation in Appalachia—a U.S. region historically defined by a deeply exploitative coal extraction mono-economy. However, in tandem with...
A Tale of Two Treaties: The Clean Power Plan

A Tale of Two Treaties: The Clean Power Plan

World leaders met near Paris almost a century ago promising to cooperate to end the scourge of war. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson touted his country’s contributions to international cooperation leading...
Understanding One of the Worst Environmental Disaster in Brazil’s History

Understanding One of the Worst Environmental Disaster in Brazil’s History

On November 5 2015, the Fundão dam—property of the mining company Samarco—collapsed, sending more than forty billion litres of ore tailings into a small town called Bento Rodrigues district, in...
Nigerian Farmers Can Sue Shell in Dutch Court: Precedent for Transnational Cases against Multinationals

Nigerian Farmers Can Sue Shell in Dutch Court: Precedent for Transnational Cases against Multinationals

A recent ruling by the Court of Appeal in The Hague signals new hope on the horizon for victims seeking a judicial remedy for corporate negligence or human rights abuse....
Indigenous Rights Litigation meets Global Climate Change in Queensland Australia

Indigenous Rights Litigation meets Global Climate Change in Queensland Australia

Indigenous rights are currently going head to head with global climate injustice in Queensland, Australia. An important and novel judicial review case is afoot in the Federal Court of Australia,...
Courts and Climate Change: Breakthrough for Judicial Activism in the Netherlands

Courts and Climate Change: Breakthrough for Judicial Activism in the Netherlands

The 24th of June 2015 was a historic day for climate litigation: the district court in The Hague ordered the Dutch government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at...
Taking the Needs of Future Generations into Account: the Case of Wales

Taking the Needs of Future Generations into Account: the Case of Wales

The issue of long-term governance is gaining attraction around the world. Many governments are looking into mechanisms that could be helpful in integrating the needs of future generations better into...
Finance and Human Rights: Developments in Brazil and Peru

Finance and Human Rights: Developments in Brazil and Peru

In December 2014, governments, businesses and civil society gathered at the Palais des Nations, the UN’s headquarters in Geneva, best football pool picks this week http://www.tiger-computing.co.uk/digs/college-football-rankings-predictions-week-13/ college football picks week...
Indigenous Ecuadorians Bring Protracted Legal Battle Before the Supreme Court of Canada

Indigenous Ecuadorians Bring Protracted Legal Battle Before the Supreme Court of Canada

A 21-year legal battle that has made its way through the courts of Ecuador and the United States will arrive next month at the Supreme Court of Canada. From 1972...
Establishing Aboriginal Title in Canada: Tsilhqot’in Nation v British Columbia

Establishing Aboriginal Title in Canada: Tsilhqot’in Nation v British Columbia

The declaration of Aboriginal title by the Supreme Court of Canada on June 26, 2014—a first in Canada—is a momentous decision that should have long-lasting significance for the Tsilhquot’in Nation,...
Chinese Environmental Protection Law – The Illusion of Enhanced Human Rights Safeguards

Chinese Environmental Protection Law – The Illusion of Enhanced Human Rights Safeguards

In April this year, the Chinese legislature amended significantly the Environmental Protection Law adopted in 1989. This post seeks to predict the amendment’s implications on Chinese citizens’ substantive and procedural...

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