Category: Access to Justice

  • Landmark Court Decision on Right to a Healthy Environment: La Oroya v Peru

    Landmark Court Decision on Right to a Healthy Environment: La Oroya v Peru

    By David Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment. “Environmental degradation can cause irreparable damage to human beings, which is why a healthy environment is a fundamental right for the existence of humanity.” – Inter-American Court of Human Rights, 2024 The Inter-American Court of Human Rights handed down a landmark decision on Friday, March…

  • Implementing the Escazú Agreement: towards GNHRE’s guiding principles

    Implementing the Escazú Agreement: towards GNHRE’s guiding principles

    By Felix le Roux, Pablo Serra-Palao & Natalia Urzola The Escazú Agreement (the Agreement) is groundbreaking in myriad ways. It is the first regional agreement for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that explicitly advances the intersection of human rights and environmental protection. With a clear set of rules, principles, and instruments, the Agreement aims…

  • The Escazú Agreement: Fostering future environmental cooperation in LAC

    The Escazú Agreement: Fostering future environmental cooperation in LAC

    By Pedro Cisterna Gaete Lawyer; LLM Global Environment and Climate Change Law, University of Edinburgh; Ph.D. in Law Candidate at the University of Edinburgh Introduction The entry into force of the Escazú Agreement in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) marks a milestone in international environmental law. The recognition of rights such as access to…

  • Urgenda Climate Change Judgment Survives Appeal in the Netherlands

    Urgenda Climate Change Judgment Survives Appeal in the Netherlands

    By Jonathan Verschuuren This blog post was originally published on the Tilburg University Environmental Law Blog Today, the Higher Court in the Dutch city of The Hague rendered its judgement in the Urgenda case. As explained here, in 2015, the District Court decided that the Dutch State acted negligently and therefore unlawfully towards the environmental NGO…