This chapter focuses on the relationship between human rights and the environment. The chapter describes multiple sources of human rights and environmental obligations, including international treaties, national law, and the judicial decisions of international courts. Human rights that indirectly call for environmental conservatism include the rights to life, health, privacy, and standard of living. This chapter concludes by noting that governments must balance human rights related to the environment with other concerns such as economic advancement.
GW Paper Series
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-33; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-33
Dinah Shelton, Human Rights and the Environment: Substantive Rights, in RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (Malgosia Fitzmaurice, David M. Ong & Panos Merkouris eds., 2011).