1st Edition

Environmental Human Rights A Political Theory Perspective

Edited By Markku Oksanen, Ashley Dodsworth, Selina O'Doherty Copyright 2018
    216 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The nature of environmental human rights and their relation to larger rights theories has been a frequent topic of discussion in law, environmental ethics and political theory. However, the subject of environmental human rights has not been fully established among other human rights concerns within political philosophy and theory.

    In examining environmental rights from a political theory perspective, this book explores an aspect of environmental human rights that has received less attention within the literature. In linking the constraints of political reality with a focus on the theoretical underpinnings of how we think about politics, this book explores how environmental human rights must respond to the key questions of politics, such as the state and sovereignty, equality, recognition and representation, and examines how the competing understandings about these rights are also related to political ideologies.

    Drawing together contributions from a range of key thinkers in the field, this is a valuable resource for students and scholars of human rights, environmental ethics, and international environmental law and politics more generally.

    Introduction: Environmental Human Rights and Political Theory Ashley Dodsworth, Selina O’Doherty and Markku Oksanen

    Chapter One: The Rights of Humans as Ecologically Embedded Beings Kerri Woods

    Chapter Two: The Problem of Rights to ‘Natural’ Resources in the Anthropocene Era Ashley Dodsworth

    Chapter Three: Reconciliation of Nature and Society: How Far Can Rights Take Us? Ted Benton

    Chapter Four: The Foundation of Rights to Nature Marcel Wissenburg

    Chapter Five: Human Rights and Rights to Natural Resources Petra Gümplová

    Chapter Six: Making Sense of the Human Right to Landscape Markku Oksanen and Anne Kumpula

    Chapter Seven: What So Good About Environmental Human Rights?: Constitutional Versus International Environmental Rights Daniel Corrigan

    Chapter Eight: ‘Environmental Human Rights – Concepts of Responsibility Selina O’Doherty

    Chapter Nine: Future People’s Rights Hubert Schnüriger

    Chapter Ten: Justifying the Imposition of Risks of Rights Violations on Future People on Contractualist Grounds Eike Düvel


    Markku Oksanen is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Eastern Finland.

    Ashley Dodsworth is a Senior Teaching Associate in Politics at the University of Bristol, UK.

    Selina O’Doherty is a Lecturer in International Development at the Department of Political and Cultural Studies at Swansea University, UK.