This article explores how Brazilian judges have used their authority to promote the environmental, social, economic, and, in particular, governance aspects of sustainable development. Through their decisions, judges have guaranteed Brazilian citizens important rights, which are stated in the progressive Constitution of 1988, drawn up after 20 years of military dictatorship. The citizen’s rights to medical treatment, medicine, surgery, housing and access to education are frequently guaranteed by judicial decisions.
Environmental Law | Law
Sustainable Development and the Brazilian Judge,
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, November 2015
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/sabin_climate_change/122