The Legitimacy of Human Rights Courts in Environmental Disputes

Special issue of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, edited by PluriCourts coordinator Christina Voigt and Evadne Grant (University of the West of England). Access the special issue (JHRE, Volume 6 (2015), Issue 2).

Recent years have seen an increasing recognition of the strong interconnection between human rights and environmental protection. A growing number of disputes adjudicated in regional human rights courts now deal with environmental aspects of human rights claims and, consequently, a growing body of human rights-related jurisprudence is emerging with direct legal relevance for environmental protection. While this is a welcome, necessary and fascinating development, it raises a number of questions concerning the legitimacy of human rights courts in dealing with environmental issues, most prominent among them whether human rights courts are even the right venue for environmental disputes.

The special issue is the result of 2014 PluriCourts Conference on The Legitimate Role(s) of Human Rights Courts in Environmental Disputes.

Table of contents of the special issue

  • Christina Voigt and Evadne Grant: Editorial
  • Dinah Shelton: Legitimate and necessary: adjudicating human rights violations related to activities causing environmental harm or risk
  • Evadne Grant: International human rights courts and environmental human rights: re-imagining adjudicative paradigms
  • Aled Dilwyn Fisher and Maria Lundberg: Human rights' legitimacy in the face of the global ecological crisis – indigenous peoples, ecological rights claims and the Inter-American human rights system
  • Dina Townsend: Taking dignity seriously? A dignity approach to environmental disputes before human rights courts
Tags: Environment, Legitimacy
Published Sep. 17, 2015 8:25 AM - Last modified Sep. 15, 2016 10:50 AM