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Human Rights and Environment Up for Debate

Human Rights and Environment Up for DebateHuman Rights and Environment Up for Debate

‘Human Rights and the Environment,’ an interdisciplinary book on laws and sustainable development by Australia-based environmental philosopher Linda Hajjar Leib, is to be debated Wednesday, July 19, at Saraye-Ahle-Qalam in Tehran, a cultural forum affiliated to the Book House Institute.

‘Human Rights and the Environment: Philosophical, Theoretical and Legal Perspectives’ will be debated by three Iranian scholars including Reza Amini who translated the book into Persian, according to the website of the Book House Institute (

The two-hour meeting starts at 5 pm, and will be attended by environmental expert Esmail Kahrom, author of ‘Lion and the Gazelle: the Mammals and Birds of Iran.’ He is a senior advisor to the Department of Environment (DOE).

The other scholar participating at the debate is Farhad Dabiri, an expert in environmental law. He is DOE’s deputy for natural habitats and biodiversity and a member of the Environmentalists Association of Iran and Environmental Law Association of Iran (ELAI).

Author of the book Linda H. Leib holds a PhD (2009) in Law from Macquarie University, a public research institution in Sydney. She has a multidisciplinary background and expertise in the areas of environmental philosophy, human rights law, environmental law, international relations and Middle East politics.

She is a scholar of Fulbright, a flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government which is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the US and the people of other countries.

‘Human Rights and the Environment’ explores the philosophical, theoretical and legal bases that underpin the linkage between human rights and the environment. Such linkage, grounded in reality, is an innovative way of addressing environmental issues through the lens of a well-established international human rights system, says the blurb of the book.

The book argues that a new set of environmental rights is gradually forging its way into international law and suggests a re-configuration of the human rights system in the context of sustainable development and the notion of solidarity rights.

In doing so, two sets of concepts are considered: first, the possibility of a rapprochement between environmental ethics and the human rights doctrine and, second, the theoretical and practical links among the concepts of development, democracy, environment and sustainable development.

Venue of the debate, Saraye-Ahle-Qalam is located at No. 2, Khajeh Nassir Alley, South Mozaffar Street, Enqelab Avenue.


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