The Environmental Rights Revolution

“This book is a must-read for scholars, jurists, and advocates of environmental law. Professor Boyd has single-handedly brought the field of environmental human rights into the twenty-first century.”
— Lynda M. Collins, Centre for Environmental Law & Global Sustainability, University of Ottawa

“Boyd’s book is ambitious in scope, innovative in approach, persuasive in its arguments, and inspiring in its conclusions. The Environmental Rights Revolution is an impressive piece of comparative legal scholarship with practical implications for society’s ongoing quest for a sustainable future.”
— Prof. Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Director of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law and Affiliated Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge University

“Boyd’s is a book we wish we had written. We will turn to it again and again in our own scholarship, teaching, and advice to litigating colleagues. No other study has pulled together so much information on constitutional environmental rights. It will be immensely useful to scholars searching for new material to explore and fruitful directions for future research. Legislators seeking to implement environmental rights can turn to it for guidance. Lawyers searching for court precedents will find a treasure trove of them here. The book moves beyond the tired debates about whether environmental rights should exist by focusing our attention instead on how the diverse legal systems of the world are actually putting these rights into effect. Bravissimo!”
— Professors Svitlana Kravchenko and John E. Bonine, University of Oregon, co-authors of Human Rights and the Environment: Cases, Law, and Policy

“This book is indispensable for anyone interested in environmental rights. Boyd’s astounding in-depth research spans more than 100 countries, and shows what a powerful tool constitutional rights can be for advancing sustainability — in courtrooms, legislatures, and broader society.”
— Dr. Stewart Elgie, Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, and Chair, Sustainable Prosperity

“David R. Boyd’s thorough and carefully presented research provides a clear and detailed account of how environmental rights are being implemented throughout the world. After an initial orientation to the philosophical debates about human rights and the environment, Boyd moves on deftly to investigate which arguments are vindicated in practice. Identifying the evidence available about the practical effectiveness of environmental rights, he provides an invaluable assessment of developments to date as well as a guide to promising future directions of research. This extremely well written book is an essential guide to environmental rights in theory and in practice.”
— Professor Tim Hayward, University of Edinburgh, author of Constitutional Environmental Rights

“A valuable study on the environmental rights revolution. The evidence presented in this book helps understand the powerful influence of the right to a healthy environment in promoting strong environmental legislation, public policies, and court decisions across the world. This is the most complete research available for professors, judges, practitioners, and students interested in the origins, consequences, and future of the most important legal revolution for the survival of humanity.”
— Dr. Rafael González Ballar, Faculty of Law, University of Costa Rica

“While the environmental rights theme is well-trodden scholarly ground, David Boyd eloquently frees this enquiry from the restrictive theoretical confines of the ivory tower by investigating the actual impact that rights have on environmental governance. This has not been done before in such a comprehensive, critical, and thorough manner. This work breaks new ground in terms of approach, content, scope, and methodology and is well worth a place on the bookshelves of anyone who takes environmental rights and governance seriously.”
— Louis J. Kotzé, Professor of Law, North West University, South Africa

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