Amazon deforestation and international protection of the right to a healthy environment

Fecha: 15 of october of 2019

Hora: 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Lugar: Universidad Externado de Colombia

Two professors, from Spain, will point out the possible contributions that, from the international human rights protection systems perspective, can be made regarding the guarantee of the right to a healthy environment. They will emphasize its application to the specific case of the current exacerbation of the Amazon deforestation process.

The topic will be addressed within the framework of the Environmental Law Conferences Cycle, organized by the Environmental Law Department. The guests are professors Sergio Salinas, from the University of Zaragoza, and Enrique Martínez, from the University of Valladolid.

The process of consolidating the right to the environment from an international protection perspective has been a complex one, albeit, at a good speed in recent years. Despite the limited dedication to it in the large international human rights protection texts, especially those incorporating judicial guarantee mechanisms, human rights courts have extended their scope to include the guarantee of the right to a healthy environment.

In this sense, the European and American systems scenarios have significant differences. In the face of the express planning in the American system, the European court should have drawn upon indirect protection, through subsidization of the right, not expressly reflected in the 1950 Rome Convention, in other rights included in the text.

The current situation in several States integrated into the Amazon space presents various aspects of interest to International Law, including the possibility of turning to the Inter-American Court regarding the violation of such rights, as a consequence of the activities being developed in this space. Free admission, with advance registration at email