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Jus 276-2-A Human Rights Law: Special focus on economic, social and cultural rights

Prof. Henriette Sinding sen


Lectures by Esmeralda Colombo
Week 39 (12,15 2,00 p.m., 28 and 30 September 2016)
All lectures in Auditorium I, Jus II (Jekteviksbakken)

28th September 2016: 12.15-2.00 p.m.


The Right to Environment and Indigenous Peoples
The right to environment and its recognition at the international and regional levels. The
interplay with other human rights (e.g. right to health, right to life, right to privacy and
domestic life). The special circumstances of indigenous peoples and their cultural rights.
Recommended Literature:

UN General Assembly, Human Rights Council: resolution / adopted by the General


Assembly, 23 March 2016, A/HRC/RES/31/8, available at: https://documents-ddsny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G16/084/79/PDF/G1608479.pdf?OpenElement
[accessed 11 September 2016]
UN Human Rights Council, Report of the Independent Expert on the Issue of Human
Rights Obligations Relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and
Sustainable Environment: preliminary report, 24 December 2012, A/HRC/22/43,
available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5146eac82.html [accessed 11 September
2016] (skim only)
UN General Assembly, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples: resolution / adopted by the General Assembly, 2 October
2007, A/RES/61/295, available
at:
http://www.refworld.org/docid/471355a82.html [accessed 10 September 2016]
Arts. 3, 8, 11, 29, 31, 32

Already Mandatory Literature (Helpful Having Read):

Ssenyonjo M., The Right to Health: Article 12 in Ssenyonjo, Economic, Social and
Cultural Rights in International Law, 2009, 8.30-8.37
Eide A., Adequate Standard Of Living in Moeckli, Shah and Sivakumaran (eds),
International Human Rights Law (2014), 199-206 (up to 3.3.3 included) and 208-209
on indigenous peoples
Ringelheim J., Cultural Rights in Moeckli, Shah and Sivakumaran (eds),
International Human Rights Law (2014), 294-296 (up to 3.3 included)
McCorquodale R., Group Rights in Moeckli, Shah and Sivakumaran (eds),
International Human Rights Law (2014), 351-354 (7.3 included)
Engle K., On Fragile Architecture: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples in the Context of Human Rights, European Journal of International Law,
2011, Vol. 22(1), 141-163

Supplementary (Non-Mandatory) Readings:

Fitzmaurice M., Environmental Degradation, in Moeckli, Shah and Sivakumaran


(eds), International Human Rights Law (2014), 590-609 (accessible on the open
shelves, UiB Law Library)

Jus 276-2-A Human Rights Law: Special focus on economic, social and cultural rights
Prof. Henriette Sinding sen
Lectures by Esmeralda Colombo
Week 39 (12,15 2,00 p.m., 28 and 30 September 2016)
All lectures in Auditorium I, Jus II (Jekteviksbakken)

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30th September 2016: 12.15-2.00 p.m.
Enforcing Human Rights in Domestic Courts: a Case for Climate Change Litigation
The justiciability of human rights in domestic courts, the role of the national judge and that of
non-state actors. Recent breakthroughs in climate change litigation. The conundrum of
climate-displaced people and the impact of climate change on indigenous peoples.
Recommended Literature:
https://www.ethicsandinternationalaffairs.org/2015/the-normative-terrain-of-theglobal-refugee-regime/ (last access: 11th September 2016)
https://www.theguardian.com/vital-signs/2014/sep/15/climate-change-refugees-unstorms-natural-disasters-sea-levels-environment (last access: 11th September 2016)
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/11/science/climate-change-citizen-lawsuits.html?
_r=0 (last access: 11th September 2016)
Already Mandatory Literature (Helpful Having Read):

M. Langford (ed.), Justiciability of Social Rights: From Practice to Theory, Social


Rights Jurisprudence: Emerging Trends in International and Comparative Law
(Cambridge University Press, 2008), 3-45

Supplementary (Non-Mandatory) Readings:

Edwards A., International Refugee Law, in Moeckli, Shah and Sivakumaran (eds),
International Human Rights Law (2014), 513-527 (accessible on the open shelves,
UiB Law Library)
Clapham A., in Moeckli, Shah and Sivakumaran (eds), International Human Rights
Law (2014), Non-State Actors, 531-549 (accessible on the open shelves, UiB Law
Library)
Kronk Warner, E.A. Abate, R.S., International and Domestic Law Dimensions of
Climate Justice for Arctic Indigenous Peoples, Revue gnrale de droit, 2013, Vol.43,
113-150 (accessible on Oria, UiB search engine)