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Unpublished Paper
The Role of Philippine Courts in Establishing the Environmental Rule of Law
ExpressO (2012)
  • Elizabeth Barrett Ristroph
Abstract
In 2010, the Supreme Court led the Philippines to become the first nation with rules of procedure specific to environmental cases. This article examines environmental cases before and after the implementation of the rules, proposing a definition for the “environmental rule of law” and analyzing how the Court has contributed to it. While the Philippines has made great strides in adopting environmental laws and providing access to courts, more work is needed to ensure consistent decisions and to build capacity in both lower courts and government agencies. As shown in the case of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority v. Concerned Residents of Manila Bay, the Court will need to find a balance between making environmental laws a reality and taking on more than it can (and should) handle.
Keywords
  • rule of law,
  • Philippines,
  • Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases,
  • judicial independence,
  • Manila Bay independence,
  • VIII. Prospects for Environmental Rule of Law in Philippines
Disciplines
Publication Date
March 2, 2012
Citation Information
Elizabeth Barrett Ristroph. "The Role of Philippine Courts in Establishing the Environmental Rule of Law" ExpressO (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/elizabeth_ristroph/3/