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The Escazú Agreement and the Inter-American Human Rights System: a rich synergy already in action

By Gastón Medici-Colombo Introduction The Escazú Agreement (EA) paid off a long-lasting debt of environmental governance in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). While Aarhus developed Rio’s Principle 10 for the European region (and beyond), no such effort had been carried out in LAC. Consequently, the recognition and implementation of environmental access rights depended on […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Keeping the “circus” in for a chance of a transparent and ambitious COP26

By Maria Alejandra Aguilar and Azul Schvartzman Open negotiations, observers and civil society are key to  the global climate agenda at the upcoming COP26. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process has two main pillars: consensus and transparency in decision making. The consensus part is well known to everyone who follows the […]