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Using a framework of human rights and transitional justice for post-conflict environmental protection and remediation

Hulme, Karen (2017) 'Using a framework of human rights and transitional justice for post-conflict environmental protection and remediation.' In: Stahn, Carsten and Iverson, Jens and Easterday, Jennifer S, (eds.) Environmental Protection and Transitions from Conflict to Peace: Clarifying Norms, Principles, and Practices. Oxford University Press, 119 - 142. ISBN 9780198784630

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Abstract

The chapter analyses examples of post-conflict environmental damage and suggests how human rights legal mechanisms could provide vital assistance in their remedy. Environmental remediation in the post-conflict context tends to emanate from environmental obligations, if it is recognized at all. Transitional justice mechanisms and human rights obligations, however, are developing in terms of environmental protection. Environmental damage is, clearly, a human rights issue, especially in the protection of survival resources, such as water and food, as well as health-which are vital in a post-conflict context. Human rights can also help address toxic remnants and natural resource depletion. With the expansion of economic, social, and cultural rights to incorporate environmental dimensions, and even what would traditionally be viewed as pure environmental concerns at times, such a framework could provide strong legal obligations on states to undertake environmental clean-up and restoration-and strong mechanisms to review state actions and ensure environmental remediation. © Karen Hulme, 2017.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environment, Environmental damage, Environmental remediation, Environmental rights, Human rights, Post-conflict, Transitional justice
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2016 10:43
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2018 10:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17214

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