The development of children’s right to the environment in international law

Dawid Michalski


The relationship between human rights and environmental protection is relatively young. The international community has recognized the need to undertake organized activities on this level in response to the emerging environmental threats associated with the unlimited development of technology and industry in the contemporary world. It was noticed that by degrading the natural environment, it harms mankind itself, which means that fundamental rights are violated. It has been observed that there is a relationship that combines these at first seemingly different issues. This was reflected in the human rights to the natural environment, formulated by the international community. At present, the system of universal protection of children‘s rights is being developed almost in parallel. Many tried and tested solutions have been taken over from the international system of human rights protection. However, the child‘s right to the environment is still not expressed explicitly. However, by applying inferential rules, one could undertake the deliberations to lead to conclusions that would allow the removal of this gap in the system of public international law standards. The essence of the debate revolves around the claim that the right to the environment is one of the rights of the child, as an element universally recognized in the universal system of human rights protection. The paper presents the legal status of a child in international environmental law. At the beginning, attempts were made to define the concept of a child in international public law. Next, the motives of the international community were presented, engaging in the development of international protection of children‘s rights. Another research goal was to present the genesis and meaning of the concept of the right to the environment. Finally, an assessment of the current legal status of the child in the context of protection of environmental rights was included. Moreover, a few postulates de lege ferenda for the international community were presented.
Author Dawid Michalski (FLA/DHL)
Dawid Michalski,,
- Department of History of Law
Other language title versionsRozwój prawa dziecka do środowiska w prawie międzynarodowym
Journal seriesCzech Yearbook of International Law, ISSN 2157-2976, e-ISSN 2157-2984, Annual, (0 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets1.05
Keywords in Englishchildren’s rights, right to the environment, international law, international environmental law
Abstract in PolishIstotą debaty jest twierdzenie, że prawo do środowiska jest jednym z praw dziecka, jako element powszechnie uznawany w uniwersalnym systemie ochrony praw człowieka. Artykuł przedstawia status prawny dziecka w międzynarodowym prawie ochrony środowiska. Na początku próbowano zdefiniować pojęcie dziecka w międzynarodowym prawie publicznym. Następnie przedstawiono motywy społeczności międzynarodowej zaangażowanej w rozwój międzynarodowej ochrony praw dziecka. Kolejnym celem badawczym było przedstawienie genezy i znaczenia pojęcia prawa do środowiska. Na koniec uwzględniono ocenę obecnego statusu prawnego dziecka w kontekście ochrony praw środowiskowych. Ponadto, przedstawiono kilka postulatów de lege ferenda dla społeczności międzynarodowej.
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)5
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