The field of human rights and the environment has grown phenomenally during the last few years and this textbook will be one of the first to encourage students to think critically about how many environmental issues lead to a violation of existing rights.

Taking a socio-legal approach, this book will provide a good understanding of both human rights and environmental issues, as well as the limitations of each regime, and will explore the ways in which human rights law and institutions can be used to obtain relief for the victims of environmental degradation or of adverse effects of environmental policies. In addition, it will place an emphasis on climate change and climate policies to highlight the pros and cons of using a human rights framework and to underscore its importance in the context of climate change. As well as identifying emerging issues and areas for further research, each chapter will be rich in pedagogical features, including web links to further research and discussion questions for beyond the classroom.

Combining their specialisms in law and politics, Atapattu and Schapper have developed a truly inter-disciplinary resource that will be essential for students of human rights, environmental studies, international law, international relations, politics, and philosophy.

part |2 pages

Introduction and evolution

part |2 pages

Human rights of special relevance to environmental protection

chapter |20 pages

Substantive rights

chapter |25 pages

Procedural rights

chapter |21 pages

Constitutional developments

chapter |28 pages

Selected national cases

part |2 pages

Climate change and human rights

chapter |26 pages

From UNFCCC to Paris Agreement

A human rights assessment

chapter |18 pages

Social movements and civil society

chapter |18 pages

Vulnerability and climate change

part |2 pages

Emerging issues related to environmental rights