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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Clean and Healthy Environment, Right to, International Protection

Birgit Peters

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 June 2021

Subject(s):
Indigenous peoples — Right to health — Water — Natural resources — Pollution

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The right to a clean and healthy environment (recently: right to a healthy and sustainable environment [UN HRCouncil ‘Right to a Healthy Environment: Good Practices’ (2019)], the exact formulations differ) is yet to be recognized as an independent right in the international bill of rights (Kotzé [2016] 173). The right is not mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) or in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) (‘ICCPR’). Nevertheless, discussions revolving around international recognition of the right to a clean and...
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