Environmental rule of law is central to sustainable development. It integrates environmental needs with the essential elements of the rule of law, and provides the basis for improving environmental governance.

It highlights environmental sustainability by connecting it with fundamental rights and obligations. It reflects universal moral values and ethical norms of behaviour, and it provides a foundation for environmental rights and obligations. Without environmental rule of law and the enforcement of legal rights and obligations, environmental governance may be arbitrary, that is, discretionary, subjective, and unpredictable.

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Environmental crime

Recognising the Threat of Environmental Crime

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which – for the first time – recognized environmental crime as part of other transnational organized crimes. The adoption…

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Focus Areas

  • Human Rights and the Environment
  • The Montevideo Programme
  • Integrating environmental sustainability in High Seas Governance
  • Water law: Supporting the development and implementation of national, regional, and global legal instruments and policies for the sustainable use of freshwater resources

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