This paper aims to illustrate the Supreme Court’s reasoning regarding recursos de protección in environmental issues. The analysis shall focus on whether the Supreme Court has been acting with deference to the powers of the new environmental courts and administrative agencies with environmental competence. This paper defends the hypothesis that the Supreme Court’s criterion has not been consistent, since it has sometimes upheld the recursos de protección, whereas at other times, it has rejected them, arguing that these conflicts must be resolved by the new environmental institutions.


Environmental Law Suprema Court Case law Environmental Institutions Deference Environmental Courts