March 16, 2023: IRES Faculty Seminar with David Boyd

The transformative potential of rights-based approaches for addressing the triple environmental crisis

Time: 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Location: Beaty Museum Theatre (2212 Main Mall)

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Talk summary:

The human right to a healthy environment is gaining momentum across the world in legislatures, courtrooms and United Nations forums. What are the consequences for efforts to address the global environmental crisis? 

David will reflect on recent breakthroughs at the national, regional and global levels, and discuss both the potential and the pitfalls of rights-based approaches to climate and environmental action. Drawing upon his experiences as the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment over the past five years, David will attempt to nourish those who are hungry for hope.

Dr. David Boyd, Associate Professor, IRES


Dr. David R. Boyd is the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment (2018-2024) and a professor of law, policy, and sustainability at the University of British Columbia, jointly appointed at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. 

Boyd is also the author of ten books and over 100 reports and articles on environmental law and policy, human rights, and constitutional law. His books include Thirst for Justice (2020), The Rights of Nature (ECW Press, 2017), The Optimistic Environmentalist (ECW Press, 2015), The Right to a Healthy Environment (UBC Press, 2012) and The Environmental Rights Revolution (UBC Press, 2011).