Jeffords and Gellers Provide Practical Guidance on the Implementation and Efficacy of Constitutional Environmental Rights

Posted on 6/22/2016 9:36:00 AM

Christopher Jeffords, IUP Economics professor, and Josh Gellers, professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida, expand upon their recent contribution to the United Nations Report on Implementing Environmental Rights by providing a summary of recent quantitative and qualitative research on constitutional environmental rights.

Their research summary is in the form of a guide for practitioners. Their paper will appear in late 2016 in the Journal of Human Rights Practice. The abstract is presented below:

Abstract: This policy and practice note presents a brief summary of recent quantitative and qualitative research covering: (1) some of the factors associated with country-level adoption of constitutional environmental rights provisions; and (2) the subsequent correlations between constitutional environmental rights provisions and environmental outcomes in the spirit of Boyd (2012).

The evidence suggests that once constitutionalized, environmental rights are positively correlated with environmental outcomes. This note is thus useful for practitioners because it provides a framework through which one could advocate for or against a particular path to constitutionalizing environmental rights and demonstrates how environmental rights can be utilized to protect both humans and the natural environment.