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Workshop announcement: The Dignity Rights Project

The Dignity Rights Project at Delaware Law School in the US is hosting a 2nd Virtual Workshop on Dignity Rights on Friday November 17, 10-1 (NY time), following up on a workshop held last May. The principal aims are to enrich our understanding of the functions and potential of dignity rights in human rights work and to expand the network of scholars, lawyers, activists and others doing work on the human right to dignity; topics will include the role of dignity in advancing environmental rights and environmental justice, education, the rights of indigenous and local communities, and more. So please join us whether you would like to present an idea or project you’re working on or just to listen in. We will use zoom meeting platform so you can join by phone or computer by just clicking a link.

The conversation is easy, carbon-free, and sophisticated.

Please contact Professor Erin Daly at or Professor Jimmy May at if you’d like a link to the conversation; please include a brief description of your work if you’d like to present.



Welcome to the GNHRE’s new community engagement page

Welcome to the news and community engagement page! GNHRE members are invited to post news, views, blogs, comments, job listings and related new developments and ideas in the field of human rights and the environment. Our hope is that this will be a vibrant space in which members can discuss and debate issues, share resources and exchange information.

For more information about this new page or for questions about contributions, please contact Dina Lupin Townsend on


New edition of the JHRE edition 8.2

Issue 8.2 of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment on the theme “Crisis, injustice and response” is now available (see here).
In particular, many of you will be pleased to see a co-authored article discussing “The Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change” which was developed by this network.

The issue contains the following articles:

  • Beyond anthropocentrism and ecocentrism: a biopolitical reading of environmental law, Vito De Lucia
  • Climate dreaming: negative emissions, risk transfer, and irreversibility, Henry Shue
  • The Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change: a new legal tool for global policy change, Kirsten Davies, Sam Adelman, Anna Grear, Catherine Iorns Magallanes, Tom Kerns and S Ravi Rajan
  • Normative guidance for energy governance: sustainable development and human rights, Vincent Bellinkx and Wouter Vandenhole
  • Post Paris reflections: fossil fuels, human rights and the need to excavate new ideas for climate justice, Julia Dehm
  • Book review: Shawkat Alam, Sumudu Atapattu, Carmen G Gonzales and Jona Razzaque (eds), International Environmental Law and the Global South (Cambridge University Press, New York 2015) 656 pp., Rebecca Bratspies
  • Book review: Fritjof Capra and Ugo Mattei, The Ecology of Law: Toward a Legal System in Tune with Nature and Community (Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc, Oakland CA 2015) 264 pp., Roxana Vatanparast