Location of Repository

Human Rights Courts Interpreting Sustainable Development: Balancing Individual Rights and the Collective Interest

By E. (Emelie) Folkesson

Abstract

__Abstract__\ud \ud __Abstract__\ud \ud This article uses a generally accepted conceptualisation of sustainable development that can be operationalized in a judicial context. It focuses on the individual and collective dimensions of the environmental, economic and social pillars, as well as the consideration of inter-generational and intra-generational equity. Case law from the European, African and American systems is analysed to reveal if the elements of sustainable development have been incorporated in their jurisprudence. The analysis reveals that the human rights bodies have used different interpretative methods, some more progressive than others, in order to incorporate the elements of sustainable development in the scope of their mandate, even if they do not mention the concept as such. The overall conclusion is that sustainable development has been operationalized through human rights courts to a certain extent. Sometimes, however, a purely individualised approach to human rights creates a hurdle to further advance sustainable development. The conclusion creates the impression that sustainable development is not just a concept on paper, but that it in fact can be operationalized, also in other courts and quasi-courts. Moreover, it shows that the institutional structure of human rights courts has been used in other areas than pure human rights protection, which means that other areas of law might make use of it to fill the gap of a non-existing court structure

Topics: operationalizing sustainable development, human rights, individual rights/interests, collective rights/interests, human rights courts
Year: 2013
OAI identifier: oai:repub.eur.nl:51404

Suggested articles

Preview


To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.