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Intergenerational Justice in Sustainable Development Treaty Implementation: Advancing Future Generations Rights through National Institutions

Edited by: Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Marcel Szabo, Alexandra R. Harrington

ISBN13: 9781108488020
Published: July 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £110.00

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Economic, technological, social and environmental transformations are affecting all humanity, and decisions taken today will impact the quality of life for all future generations. This volume surveys current commitments to sustainable development, analysing innovative policies, practices and procedures to promote respect for intergenerational justice. Expert contributors provide serious scholarly and practical discussions of the theoretical, institutional, and legal considerations inherent in intergenerational justice at local, national, regional and global scales. They investigate treaty commitments related to intergenerational equity, explore linkages between regimes, and offer insights from diverse experiences of national future generations' institutions. This volume should be read by lawyers, academics, policy-makers, business and civil society leaders interested in the economy, society, the environment, sustainable development, climate change, and other law, policy and practices impacting all generations.

  • Provides an interdisciplinary discussion of intergenerational equity and justice from various aspects and perspectives
  • oduces the reader to international and national systems and mechanisms for implementing and protecting intergenerational equity and justice
  • rates a dialogue regarding the state of intergenerational equity and justice as hard and soft law concerns

Environmental Law
1. Introduction
2. The theoretical framework for international legal principles of intergenerational equity and implementation through national institutions
Part I. Introduction to Treaty Law on Intergenerational Justice and Codifying Sustainability:
3. International treaty law and policy for future generations
4. Intergenerational justice under international treaty law: the obligations of the state to future generations
5. The use of international human rights norms to implement international solidarity
Part II. Key Challenges in Domestic Implementation of Intergenerational Justice:
6. Future generations as a counterweight
7. Future generations institutions to implement international obligations towards future generations
Part III. Law and Policy Innovations for Inter-Generational Justice:
8. Sustainability in European constitutional
9. The principle of intergenerational solidarity in reshaping constitutional rights and obligations: an example from Portugal
10. Time to think: sustainable development, future generations and the individual
11. Claims and petitions regarding environment preservation for future generations
12. Reasons and means of public participation
13. Giving the voice of the future a word in the present
14. Unsustainability as an economic problem
15. Intergenerational equity and the European constitution
16. Scientific uncertainty as a key obstacle to efficient legal protection of the environmental interests of future generations
17. Transformative knowledge and solutions in sustainability governance
Part IV. Implementing Sustainability through National Institutions – Case Studies:
18. Institutions for a sustainable future: the former Israeli commission for future generations
19. Norway – Norwegian ombudsman for children
20. Institutions for a sustainable future: the german parliamentary advisory council on sustainable development
21. Power over coming generations – committee for the future in the eduskunta, the parliament of Finland
22. Welsh commissioner for sustainable futures
23. Parliamentary commissioner for the environment, New Zealand
24. Canadian commissioner of the environment and sustainable development
25. Intergenerational justice in colombian governance & peace accords
26. Indigenous peoples and inter-generational equity in Mexico
27. Legal innovations for inter-generational justice in sustainable landscapes management of democratic republic of Congo
28. Local indigenous planning instruments for intergenerational equity in ahousaht traditional territories of Canada
29. A comparative analysis of model institutisons: diversity in reaching common goals
30. Comparing progress in inter-generational governance
31. International institutions for future generations and democratic legitimacy
Part V. Regional Trends in Intergenerational Justice:
32. A European human rights perspective on national sustainable development institutions
33. Embedding intergenerational justice across government: regional trends in Africa
34. Intergenerational equity, justice, and modern treaties between first nations communities and Canada
35. Institutions for future generations in Asia
Part VI. Future Trends:
36. Equity across generations in implementing international law on water
37. Intergenerational justice in the Paris agreement on climate change
38. The four-branches model of government – representing future generations
39. Intergenerational equity in sustainable development treaty implementation