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Environmental Justice (LAW 728)
Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development and implementation of laws impacting environmental and human rights. Environmental rights, increasingly recognized as a new category of human rights as well as an application of existing rights, are both substantive and procedural. This seminar will present recent developments in international law and national laws. It will address direct and indirect links between the protection of the environment and the enjoyment of human rights, as well as on obligations and responsibilities of States and other actors under human rights treaties and multilateral environmental agreements. Certain human rights, especially access to information, participation in decision-making, and access to justice in environmental matters, are essential to good environmental decision-making and have a range of direct and indirect implications for the effective enjoyment of human rights. Each student will give a presentation and write a legal research paper. Enrollment limited to 18 students.
2 credit hours.
Faculty: Elizabeth Burleson