Human Rights Duties Towards Future Generations And The Potential For Achieving Climate Justice

Human Rights Duties Towards Future Generations And The Potential For Achieving Climate Justice

Author: 
Lewis, Bridget
Publisher: 
Kluwer Law International
Date published: 
2016
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Journal Title: 
Netherlands quarterly of Human Rights
Source: 
Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, Vol. 34, No. 3, September 2016, pp. 206-226
Abstract: 

Human rights-based approaches to climate change promise to address the intergenerational injustices of climate change by incorporating an enhanced consideration of the needs of future generations. Yet, a number of questions arise when one contemplates how international human rights law might accommodate the rights of persons as yet unborn. Among them are the theoretical questions of whether it is possible for future generations to possess human rights and for present generations to owe them corresponding duties. Assuming that such a theoretical conceptualisation is possible, a number of legal issues are present in attempting to protect the rights of future generations within current international human rights law, including the question of how the rights of future generations can be balanced against those of current generations. The paper will examine a number of domestic measures designed to protect the rights of future generations and consider how such mechanisms might contribute to a rights-based approach to resolving intergenerational climate injustice.

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CITATION: Lewis, Bridget. Human Rights Duties Towards Future Generations And The Potential For Achieving Climate Justice . : Kluwer Law International , 2016. Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, Vol. 34, No. 3, September 2016, pp. 206-226 - Available at: http://library.au.int/human-rights-duties-towards-future-generations-and-potential-achieving-climate-justice-0