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Environmental Law Dimensions of Human Rights$
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Ben Boer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198736141

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736141.001.0001

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Square Pegs and Round Holes?

Square Pegs and Round Holes?

Environmental Rights and the Private Sector

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Environmental Law Dimensions of Human Rights

Natasha Affolder

Oxford University Press

New possibilities for conceiving and articulating the environmental dimensions of human rights require new ways of understanding the intersection between the private sector and environmental norms. This chapter offers a counterweight to visions of environmental law-making that give lopsided attention to states. The key objective is to move beyond predictable normative debates in order to illuminate less-noticed aspects of ‘private’ sector engagement with environmental norms. This attention to some of the less glamorous aspects of private sector activity — due diligence, choices of legal techniques, and strategies for framing knowledge — deepens the prevailing dominant vision about the ‘private’ sector and the environmental dimensions of human rights. Private sector actors do not occupy a separate universe from states, governments, and key institutions. It is time to stop writing our accounts of law as though they do.

Keywords:   environmental rights, private sector, corporations, corporate environmental responsibility, biodiversity protection, rights-based approaches, market approaches, corporate engagement

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