Human Rights Approaches to Environmental Protection

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Alan E. Boyle, Michael R. Anderson
Clarendon Press, 1998 - Law - 313 pages
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This collection of essays explores links between the environment and human rights, and responds to the growing debate among activists, lawyers, academics and policy-makers on the legal status of environmental rights in both international and domestic law, and on the proposals for a human rightto a satisfactory environment. The collection is an original and timely contribution to the existing literature on this subject, and offers a sustained analysis which addresses both the conceptual and practical problems of environmental rights. The conceptual dimensions are particularly rich,raising fundamental questions concerning the human/environment relationship as well as more general issues regarding the form, content and limitations of international and domestic human rights law. The first part of the book deals mainly with the protection of the environment in international humanrights law and EC law, while part two concentrates on problems and experience in developing countries, some of which have already incorporated environmental rights and international constitutional law and from which a growing jurisprudence has emerged. This is where at present human rightsapproaches seem to be of greatest value. Each chapter is written by an author well qualified in the field. The volume will have a wide appeal to anyone interested in environmental law and human rights.

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About the author (1998)

Alan Boyle is Professor of International Law at the University of Edinburgh. He is a joint secretary of the British Branch of the International Law Association and is chair of the branch committee on International Environmental Law and a member of the ILA Committee on water resources law.Michael Anderson in Director of Studies at the British Institute for international and Comparative Law. He was formerly a lecturer in law at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

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