The central purpose of the project is to explain the conceptual linkage between environmental human rights (EHR) and nuclear accidents (in particular, the Fukushima event in Japan). Environmental human rights can be conceived of in two ways; first, the environment has been, traditionally, considered as essential in achieving the realisation of human rights since the 1972 Stockholm Declaration; these are called constitutional environmental human rights. Accordingly, the first aim is to explore how an environment that has been contaminated due to a nuclear accident can affect the enjoyment of constitutional environmental human rights. Secondly, and more recently, human rights have become regarded as an effective way of addressing environmental issues, which in turn affect the enjoyment of human rights. There are three ways of doing this, including (1) a distinct right to environment, (2) mobilising civil and political rights for environmental issues, and (3) procedural rights (including the right to participation in decision-making processes, the right to access to information, and the right to justice). Accordingly, the second purpose of this project is to explain how environmental human rights can specifically be used to address the contaminated environment in Fukushima and, more broadly, to affect nuclear energy policy. By investigating these two dimensions of environmental human rights in relation to nuclear energy, we will achieve the main research objectives of explaining the conceptual link between nuclear energy (more specifically, nuclear accidents) and EHR.
- Environmental Law and Environmental Human Rights
- Energy Policy (Particularly in Turkey and Japan)
- Nuclear Energy
- Urbanisation & Urban Development
- Urban Politics, Urban Poverty & Urban Social Movements
- Human Rights, Minority Rights and Alevism in Turkey
- MSc in International Development