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Human Rights and Climate Change

Edited by: Stephen Humphreys

ISBN13: 9780521762762
Published: December 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £79.99

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As the effects of climate change continue to be felt, appreciation of its future transformational impact on numerous areas of public law and policy is set to grow. Among these, human rights concerns are particularly acute. They include forced mass migration, increased disease incidence and strain on healthcare systems, threatened food and water security, the disappearance and degradation of shelter, land, livelihoods and cultures, and the threat of conflict.

This inquiry into the human rights dimensions of climate change looks beyond potential impacts to examine the questions raised by climate change policies: accountability for extraterritorial harms; constructing reliable enforcement mechanisms; assessing redistributional outcomes; and allocating burdens, benefits, rights and duties among perpetrators and victims, both public and private.

The book examines a range of so-far unexplored theoretical and practical concerns that international law and other scholars and policy-framers will find increasingly difficult to ignore.

  • First collection on the human rights dimensions of climate change, assessing the key public law and policy themes at their intersection
  • Provides readers with multidisciplinary perspectives
  • Clear and nontechnical language provides non-specialist readers with an accessible introduction to complex issues

Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Environmental Law
Introduction: the human rights dimensions of climate change
Stephen Humphreys
Part I. Rights Perspectives on Global Warming:
1. Competing justice claims: human rights, climate harms and international disorder
Stephen Humphreys
2. Climate change, human rights and moral thresholds
Simon Caney
3. Equitable utilization of the atmosphere: a rights-based approach to climate change?
Dinah Shelton
4. Climate change, human rights and corporate accountability
Peter Newell
5. Rethinking human rights: the impact of climate change on the dominant discourse
Sam Adelman
Part II. Priorities, Risks and Inequities in Global Responses:
6. The Kyoto protocol and vulnerability: equity and human rights dimensions
Philippe Cullet
7. Forests, climate change and human rights: managing risks and trade-offs
Frances Seymour
8. Climate change and the right to the highest attainable standard of health
Paul Hunt and Rajat Khosla
9. Human rights and vulnerability to climate change
Jon Barnett
10. Climate change, evolution of disasters and inequality
Kye Mesa Barnard and John Mutter
Part III. Conclusion:
11. Conceiving justice: articulating common causes in parallel regimes
Stephen Humphreys
Appendix: climate change impacts on human rights.