Is Access to Environmental Information a Fundamental Human Right? (S. Kravchenko)

Author(s) Svitlana Kravchenko Keywords environmental information, human rights, right of access to information, democracy, disclosure, decision-making Abstract Can access to information held by the State be seen as a fundamental right of the individual and a crucial component of democracy? What about access to environmental information? This Article attempts to answer these questions by exploring […]

Which direction for international environmental law? (Anderson)

Author Paul Anderson Keywords Sustainability, governance, neoclassical economics, distributive justice, democracy, commons Abstract An enduring challenge to international environmental law is to facilitate the resolution of environmental problems faster than they are being caused. Prominent among potential foundations for substantive international environmental law to this end are (a) neoclassical economic theory (NET) and (b) distributive […]

Explaining the emergence of constitutional environmental rights: a global quantitative analysis (Gellers)

Author Joshua C Gellers Keywords Constitutions, democracy, environmental rights, human rights, international relations, survival analysis Abstract While the growing trend towards constitutional enactment of environmental rights has mainly been discussed in normative and descriptive terms, few scholars have endeavoured to explain the phenomenon in a systematic fashion and none have approached the subject from the […]

Liberal Democracy and the Rights of Nature: The Struggle for Inclusion (R. Eckersley)

Author(s) Robyn Eckersley Keywords econcentricism, democracy, rights of nature, liberal democracy, liberalism Abstract Is there a necessary, in‐principle connection between ecocentric values and democracy or is the relationship merely contingent? Is it possible to incorporate the interests of the non‐human community into the ground rules of democracy? Through an immanent ecological critique of the regulative […]

Taking Back Eden: Eight Environmental Cases that Changed the World (O. Houck)

Author Oliver Houck Keywords Environmental justice, democracy, people Abstract Taking Back Eden is the gripping tale of an idea—that ordinary people have the right to go to court to defend their environment—told through the stories of lawsuits brought in eight countries around the world. Starting in the United States in the l960’s, this idea is […]