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Environmental Rights in Armenia
This project investigates the development of environmental rights
in Armenia, in particular the implementation of the Aarhus Convention on Access
to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice
in Environmental Matters.
Increased transparency, stakeholder
involvement and the establishment of new environmental governance practices is
vital in the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in
Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus
convention). Access to information, decision-making and justice is commonly
referred to as the 'three pillars' in the discourse on environmental rights,
and the Aarhus convention seeks to promote environmental democracy through a
set of standards that are designed to be achievable across a large and
politically diverse region.
The Republic of Armenia ratified the Aarhus
convention in 2001. Armenia has overseen quite substantive efforts to implement
the Aarhus convention and yet the Compliance Committee to the convention in
2008 concluded that Armenia fails to be in compliance with any of the three
pillars. This PhD project investigates the development of environmental rights
in Armenia and more specifically the implementation of the Aarhus convention
along several dimensions.
The main research questions are:
does the potential for redistribution of power through access to information,
participation and justice collude with local attitudes, perceptions and
entrenched practices within the environmental management sector and civil
society in Armenia?
2) Are new forms of environmentality relevant for
how Armenians relate to the state and their living environment?
are processes related to environmental rights intertwined with already existing
elite networks, webs of social relations and practices at the local
Project leader: Pål
Project period: 2009-2014
Environmental Law Resource Centre, Faculty of Law,
Yerevan State University