Edited by Douglas Fisher
Chapter 6: Human rights and the environment: a tale of ambivalence and hope
This chapter argues that international environmental law and international human rights law, despite the existence of tensions between them, show hopeful signs of progress in their relationship. The chapter also argues that despite such signs of progress, both legal domains share problematic subject-object relations tending towards environmental degradation and linked to historical patterns of oppression. Once such subject-object relations are addressed, it might be possible, with sufficient imagination, for such understanding to become the departure point for a reconfigured relationship between the two legal domains – and ultimately, for their transformation.
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