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Bianca Jagger becomes GNHRE Patron

Bianca JaggerThe GNHRE is absolutely delighted and honoured to announce that Bianca Jagger, Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador and Member of the Executive Director’s Leadership Council of Amnesty International, USA, has agreed to be a Patron of the GNHRE.

Bianca is an outstanding, long-time and prominent international human rights, social justice and climate change advocate. For over three decades she has been a voice for the most vulnerable members of society, campaigning for human rights, civil liberties, peace, social justice and environmental protection throughout the world. Bianca is the recipient of numerous prestigious international awards for her human rights and humanitarian work. Her full profile can be seen under the ‘Patrons’ tab of this website.


Choosing a Future: Social and Legal Aspects of Climate Change

Choosing a futureThe GNHRE is delighted to announce the publication of a new edited collection, Choosing a Future: The Social and Legal Aspects of Climate Change, co-edited by Anna Grear and Conor Gearty.

The issue is no longer whether climate change is happening; it is rather what we should now be doing about it. Drawing together key thinkers and policy experts, this unique volume—also a Special Issue of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment—engages with the human dimensions of climate change, offering a timely intervention into contemporary debates about the challenging relationship between law and society in a time of climate crisis. The book addresses: climate change as a crisis of human hierarchy; climate justice; the complicity of law in climate injustice; the rights of future generations; the nature of climate duties; the interplay between trade law and climate change strategies; and the nature of the policy responses now required to address the crisis. The result is an imaginative, well-informed and provocative collection of contemporary engagements with the greatest challenge of the age, concerned not only to understand the current crisis but to offer perspectives on how it can be addressed. At the heart of this volume is the conviction that change is urgent, possible and morally imperative.

Contributors: John Knox, United Nations Independent Expert on Climate Change; Mary Robinson, Director of the Mary Robinson Institute: Climate Justice; Oliver De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food; Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action; Conor Gearty, Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, London School of Economics; Henry Shue, Senior Research Fellow Merton College, and Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford; Marcus Hedahl, Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow; Anna Grear, Dahrendorf Visiting Fellow and Director of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE); Stephen Humphrey, Associate Professor of International Law, London School of Economics.


UN expert urges States to respect human rights obligations in environmental policies

The UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights reports that
John Knox, the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment has called on states to take obligations concerning the environment seriously: “It is now beyond argument that human rights law includes obligations relating to the environment,” said John Knox, urging States “to take these obligations into account in the development and implementation of their environmental policies.”

Mr. Knox’s appeal was issued during the presentation of his first comprehensive report to the UN Human Rights Council on the human rights obligations relating to environmental protection.


IUCN GNHRE Symposium Draft Programme Now Available

The GNHRE Symposium 2014, ‘Reimagining “humanity” in the nexus between human rights and the environment’,  2014 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium, Tarragona, Spain, draft programme.

This year’s theme invited engagement with the central question of ‘who we think we are’ as human beings and ‘where we think we are’ in terms of our understanding of the world we inhabit and which inhabits us.

Draft Programme: Speakers and Topics

Day 1

14:00-14:30 Coffee, registration and welcome (Anna Grear)

Theme 1: Philosophical re-investigations

14:30-14:45 Lorraine Code (The tyranny of certainty)

15:00-15:15 Jacky Williams, J. Aseron and N. Greymorning (Decolonising Environmental Law)

15:30-15:45 Christian Dadomo (Remembering who we really are. A Buddhist-based approach to human beings in the nexus between human rights and the environment)

16:00-16:15 Anna Grear (‘Flesh of my flesh’: Towards re-imagined juridical humanity)

Theme 2: Activism and Praxis

17:00-17:15 Marine Destrez (Modernizing humanity: the case of the Gezi Park protest in Turkey)

17:30-17:45 Amanda Kennedy (Who counts? Recognition, participation and access to environmental justice in land-use regulation: An Australian case study)

18:00-18:15 Nicola Pain (Shaping domestic laws and courts to encourage environmental rights)

18:30-18:45 Abdul Ansari (The role of Islamic law in shaping and reshaping the right to healthful environment)

Day 2

Theme 3: Reconfiguring the legal

14:00-14:15 Peter Burdon (Idealism and Struggle: Co-opting Legal Rights for Environmental Protection)

14:30-14:45 Nicola Jägers, Katinka Jesse and Jonathan Verschuuren (Environmental pollution by transnational corporations: what role for human rights?)

15:00-15:15 Melanie Murcott (The role of environmental justice in South African socio-economic rights litigation)

16:00-16:15 Loretta Feris (Are humans more than their health? Re-imagining the environmental dimensions of socio-economic rights)

16:30-16:45 Dina Townsend (Just who does the law think we are? Human dignity and what it means for the environment)

17:00-17:15 Rosemary Lyster (Protecting the Human Rights of Climate Displaced Refugees: the promise and limits of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)

17:30-17:45 Evadne Grant (International Human Rights Courts and the Environment)