The Right to a Healthy Life or the Right to Die Polluted?: The Emergence of a Human Rights to a Healthy Environment under International Law (S. Atapattu)

Author(s)

Sumudu Atapattu

Keywords

human right to a healthy environment, environmental protection, pollution, jurisprudence

Abstract

In an era that has witnessed much environmental destruction, as well as many strides taken to protect the environment, whether a new fundamental right to a clean environment should be recognized has become a hotly debated issue. Second perhaps only to the debate on sustainable development, the debate on the right to a healthy environment has attracted much jurisprudential debate with sharply divided views. 

It must be stressed at the outset that this discussion of a possible human right to a healthy environment should not be viewed as advocating an anthropocentric approach to environmental protection. Environmental issues encompass a much wider range of actors, affecting a much larger category of species than human rights violations. 

Citation

(2002) 16 Tulane Environmental Law Journal 65

Paper

The Right to a Healthy Life or the Right to Die Polluted?: The
Emergence of a Human Right to a Healthy Environment under International Law

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