Human Rights and the Environment: Substantive Rights (D Shelton)

Author

Diana Shelton

Keywords

Human rights and environment, multiple sources, right to life, right to health, right to privacy, right to standard of living, balance, environment, economic advancement

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the relationship between human rights and the environment. The chapter describes multiple sources of human rights and environmental obligations, including international treaties, national law, and the judicial decisions of international courts. Human rights that indirectly call for environmental conservatism include the rights to life, health, privacy, and standard of living. This chapter concludes by noting that governments must balance human rights related to the environment with other concerns such as economic advancement.

Citation

Human Rights and the Environment: Substantive Rights in M Fitzmaurice, DM Ong and P Merkouris, Research Handbook on International Environmental Law (2011); GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-33; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-33.

Paper

Human Rights and the Environment: Substantive Rights