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:
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).
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.