Title: International legal standard of right to housing: an analysis from the climate change perspective

Authors: Md. Abdul Awal Khan; Md. Zahurul Haq; A.S.M. Tariq Iqbal

Addresses: Department of Law, Independent University, Bangladesh ' School of Law, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia ' Department of Law, City University, Bangladesh

Abstract: To expect a decent, standard, and adequate living space for oneself and the future generation is a part of human instinct. Housing rights do not refer to mere shelter; rather the terms security, privacy, peace, and dignity are interconnected to it. Like other human rights, climate change directly affects the right to adequate housing in several ways. International legal and human rights provisions, regarding housing rights, are too general to address under climate change perspective. This paper argues that there should be a minimum standard for the states, which could be followed as a principle for ensuring housing rights for the citizens to formulate their national housing plan, legislation, and strategy. Thus, this paper investigates the standards of existing international provisions on housing rights and focuses on minimum core obligation and progressive realisation theory to ensure the right to housing, especially from the climate change perspective.

Keywords: climate change; right to housing; climate change; housing rights; core obligation; progressive realisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLAP.2022.10042619

International Journal of Public Law and Policy, 2022 Vol.8 No.1, pp.1 - 12

Received: 05 Jun 2021
Accepted: 02 Jul 2021

Published online: 24 Jan 2022 *

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