EPL Webinar September 2022

The Human Right to a Clean, Healthy, and Sustainable Environment

Exclusive Webinar

You are invited to watch the recording of this exclusive webinar!

We were pleased to welcome guests to the the EPL webinar on September 20, 2022 which was led by the EPL Editor-in-Chief Bharat H. Desai, PhD, who was joined by a panel of experts to discuss the recent decision of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to recognize the Human Right to a Clean, Healthy, and Sustainable Environment


Watch the webinar recording here!

A group of young people searching for water against a dustry backdrop in Kenya

Webinar: The Human Right to a Clean, Healthy, and Sustainable Environment


The webinar took place on September 20, 2022, at 08:00 (EDT) / 14:00 (CEST) / 17:30 (IST) | Watch the recording here

The journal Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) and IOS Press thanks everyone who could join to take part or watch this webinar. Please view the recording online!



The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a landmark resolution 76/300 on 28 July 2022 on the human right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. It follows the Human Rights Council resolution 48/13 of 8 October 2021. This EPL webinar seeks to make sense of the global significance of this advent of this normative development soon after the Stockholm+50 Conference (2–3 June 2022). The timing of the webinar coincides with the commencement of the high-level segment of the 77th UNGA in New York. The discourse with a panel of eminent scholars and practioners will provide an opportunity to: (i) explain the context and significance for celebrating the UNGA’s (and the HRC) emphatic recognition of the human right to (clean, healthy, and sustainable) environment for the SDGs 2030 as well as “other rights and existing international law;” (ii) normative value of the UNGA resolution for universality of the environmental human rights; and (iii) impact of the human right to the environment on treaty-based international environmental obligations, and observance of human rights of individuals and inanimate objects, as well as domestic policies, legislations, and litigations.



– Bharat H. Desai, EPL Editor-in-Chief (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)
– Marten Stavenga (IOS Press, Amsterdam)

Discussion moderator:
– Bharat H. Desai, EPL Editor-in-Chief

Panel of speakers:

– Edith Brown Weiss, University Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, USA
– Karan Singh, former Union Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament, India
– Kirk Junker, Professor, University of Cologne, Germany
– Jonas Ebbesson, Professor at Stockholm University, Sweden
– Ole Kristian Fauchald, Professor at University of Oslo, Norway
– Owen McIntyre, Professor, University College Cork, Ireland 
– Richard Macrory, Emeritus Professor at University College London, United Kingdom
– Shailesh Nayak, Director, NIAS Bengaluru, India
– Nicholas Robinson, Professor, Pace University Law School, USA
– Victor Tafur, Pace University Law School, USA
– Philippe Cullet, Professor, SOAS University of London, United Kingdom
– Victoria Lichet, Executive Director, Global Pact for the Environment, France
–  Bharat Desai, EPL Editor-in-Chief


The discussion during the 2-hour webinar was very engaging and we thank all involved.


Supporting organizations:
– Global Pact Coalition
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– International Council of Environmental Law 
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– International Union for Conservation of Nature 
          IUCN logo

– Jawaharlal Nehru University
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– Olof Palme International Center 
Olof Palme International Center (brown logo)


Those people who joined on September 20 were able to participate and submit questions directly to the speakers during the event.
The recording of webinar can be viewed below, or watch online via the IOS Press YouTube channel here.


Thank you to everyone who participated, supported, and joined us for the webinar!