Includes bibliographical references (p. -421) and index.
Part 1. The emergence and evolution of a new human right
Constitutions, human rights, and the environment : the context
The right to a healthy environment : framing the Issues
The prevalence and enforceability of environmental provisions in national constitutions
The influence of international law
Part 2. The Constitutional right to a healthy environment in practice
A framework for assessing the legal influence of the right to a healthy environment
Latin America and the Caribbean
Part 3. Evaluating the impacts of environmental provisions in constitutions
Lessons learned : practical experiences with the right to a healthy environment
Do environmental provisions in constitutions influence environmental performance?
An idea whose time has come.
The right to a healthy environment has been the subject of extensive philosophical debates that revolve around the question: Should rights to clean air, water, and soil be entrenched in law? David Boyd answers this by moving beyond theoretical debate to measure the practical effects of enshrining the right in constitutions. His pioneering analysis of 193 constitutions and the laws and court decisions of more than 100 nations in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa reveals a positive correlation between constitutional protection and stronger environmental laws, smaller ecological footprints, superior environmental performance, and improved quality of life.