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Human rights and the environment: New online course for legal professionals

Council of Europe Strasbourg 30 April 2021
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Human rights and the environment: New online course for legal professionals

The Council of Europe’s HELP programme (Human rights Education for Legal Professionals) has launched a new online course on the environment and human rights.

The six-hour course, which is available free of charge via the HELP online platform, has been developed by experts on the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Social Charter – which have already formed the legal basis of hundreds of environment-related cases – with input from the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency and others.

The course covers key legal concepts related to protecting the environment, the main elements of a human rights-based approach to environmental protection, “green” human rights in different regional systems and the issue of environmental degradation and corporate accountability.

Participants will receive a digital “statement of accomplishment”.

Together with a forthcoming course on business and human rights, this course is part of a project funded by the Dutch and German authorities.


 Protecting the environment using human rights law website


Safeguards built into the European Convention on Human Rights are working to promote environmental protections.
See some examples of how the ECHR is addressing human rights issues related to the environment.


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