Global Judicial Handbook on Environmental Constitutionalism: 2nd Edition

Environmental constitutionalism is a relatively recent phenomenon at the confluence of constitutional law, international law, human rights, and environmental law. It embodies the recognition that the environment is a proper subject for protection in constitutional texts and for vindication by constitutional courts worldwide. Environmental constitutionalism offers one way to engage environmental challenges that fall beyond the grasp of other legal constructs. It can be coalescent, merging governmental structures and individual rights approaches to further individual and collective norms and policies. It can be used to protect local concerns -- such as access to fresh food, water or air -- or global concerns like biodiversity and climate change that share elements of both human rights and environmental protection.

This Handbook is designed to provide jurists with an overview of environmental constitutionalism.

Date Published

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Resource Type



Constitution, Environment, Environmental Law


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)