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Human Rights and the Environment - 2024

Ended Jun 14, 2024

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We are thrilled to share another one of our courses for the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law: "Human Rights and the Environment", taught by two recognized experts: Astrid Puentes Riano, Expert consultant in environment, human rights and climate change, and Marcos Orellana, Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights, UN.


The intersection of human rights and the environment is a rapidly evolving field crucial for legal advocacy, education, activism, and corporate responsibility. These rights, both substantive and procedural, are interconnected, recognizing the vital link between a healthy environment and human well-being. Despite significant growth in environmental rights, challenges persist, impacting lives and necessitating a closer examination of global legal developments. This course delves into trends, legal issues, and practical applications across jurisdictions, exploring how corporate actions often intersect with environmental rights abuses. Students will gain a comprehensive global perspective on strategies to address these challenges.

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For payments with credit cards, debit cards or bank accounts, the tuition cost includes a non-refundable 4% administrative fee. In case an eligible refund is requested, the net funds returned will be the tuition minus 4%. 

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Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

(202) 274-4295