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The Most Fundamental Right

Nicholas A. Robinson

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Nicholas A. Robinson - Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law

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36

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TESTIMONY ❧ The Magna Carta and successors recognize a right to the environment as central to human existence. 193 national charters recognize such a right--but not the U.S. Constitution. This right does not lie latent in America's state constitutions, however, and can also be read into the federal document as well. Meanwhile, recognition of enviornmental rights is expanding globally.