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Historical And Philosophical Underpinnings Of The Environmental Movement

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This chapter concentrates on the major controversies and issues in the conceptualisation and implementation of contemporary international human rights in order to determine the appropriateness and constraints of the human rights-based approach to environmental issues. It is comprised of five sections. Section A examines the main theories that underlie the concept of human rights. Section B focuses on the issue of rights-holders and the expansion of human rights law beyond human beings. Section C considers the internationalisation and universalism of human rights. Section D presents the taxonomy of human rights and its corollary issues. Section E investigates the implementation mechanisms for human rights and the impediments to their enforcement at national and international levels. There is great potential to defend the rights of nature through the human rights discourse because of the complementarities between humans and the environment.

Keywords:environmental issues; international human rights; universalism



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