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  • Journal Article
  • 2022

Mapping the legal foundations of planetary mental health

by Daisy Cheung & Eric C. Ip
in Global Mental Health

This article provides a conceptualisation of ‘planetary mental health law’ and why it matters. It is argued that, while a ‘planetary mental health law’ can be said to already exist, albeit in preliminary form, it is in great need of being developed into a clearer and more coherent regime. Prior to proposing fundamental changes to the international system, soft law should be resorted to as a complement to existing international obligations, and states need to bolster their level of national commitment to defend the right to mental health on a healthier planet.

Planetary health is a nascent field of scientific research that is related to but different from global health. It recognises that human health is critically shaped by the biophysical and ecological systems of the planet Earth, which in turn are influenced by human activities in ways too important to be neglected during the present Anthropocene epoch. CMEL’s research in this emerging area seeks to understand and reform the legal structures within which human impacts on the natural systems of our planet affect human health and civilisation. Additionally, we seek to chart the human rights implications of legal responses to planetary events like global climate change, zoonotic diseases, transborder fire emissions, and so on.

More information is available on the personal profile pages of our Professor Eric C. Ip and Ms Daisy Cheung

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  • Journal Article
  • 2023

An emergent planetary health law

by Eric C. Ip
in International & Comparative Law Quarterly

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  • Journal Article
  • 2023

From the right to a healthy planet to the planetary right to health

by Eric C. Ip
in The Lancet Planetary Health

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  • Journal Article
  • 2023

Harnessing legal structures of virtue for planetary health

by Eric C. Ip
in Journal of Medical Ethics 

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  • Journal Article
  • 2021

The constitutional determinants of planetary health

by Eric C. Ip
in The Lancet Planetary Health

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