The history of human rights suggests that individuals should be empowered in their natural, political, political, social and economic vulnerabilities. States within the international arena hold each other responsible for doing just that and support or interfere where necessary. States are to protect these essential human vulnerabilities, even when this is not a matter of self-interest. This function of human rights is recognized in contexts of intervention, genocide, humanitarian aid and development.
This book develops the idea of environmental obligations as long-term responsibilities in the context of human rights. It proposes that human rights require recognition that, in the face of unsustainable conduct, future human persons are exposed and vulnerable. It explores the obstacles for long-term responsibilities that human rights law provides at the level of international and national law and challenges the question of whether lifestyle restrictions are enforceable in view of liberties and levels of wellbeing typically seen as protected by human rights.
The book will be of interest to postgraduates studying Human Rights, Sustainability, Law and Philosophy.
"This is a highly valuable contribution which lays the groundwork for theorising about environmental concerns from a normative perspective and will be of great benefit to students and scholars from various backgrounds." – Intergenerational Justice Review, 2016
1. Human Rights and Future People: An Introduction Gerhard Bos and Marcus Düwell PART I – Obstacles and Promises in Contemporary Human Rights Law 2. Greening Human Rights Law: A Focus on the European Convention on Human Rights Elina Pirjatanniemi 3. An Atmospheric Trust to Protect the Environment for Future Generations? Reform Options for Human Rights Law Peter Lawrence 4. Avoiding the Tragedy of Human Rights: How Complex Thought May Open the Way to Recognising Human Rights for Future Generations Emilie Gaillard 5. International Human Rights and Duties to Future Generations: The Role of an International Constitution Stephen Riley PART II – Long-term Responsibility and the Theory of Human Rights 6. Human Dignity and Intergenerational Human Rights Marcus Düwell 7. Human Rights and Threats concerning Future People: A Sufficientarian Proposal Jos Philips 8. Human Rights, Climate Change, and Sustainability Adina Preda 9. A Chain of Status: Long-term Responsibility in the Context of Human Rights Gerhard Bos PART III – Human Rights Approaches to Sustainability 10. Human Rights as a Normative Guideline for Climate Policy Michael Reder and Lukas Köhler 11. The Duties We Have to Future Generations: A Gewirthian Approach Deryck Beyleveld 12. Ecological Rights of Future Generations: A Capability Approach Rutger Claassen PART IV – Implications and Implementation 13. On Current Food Consumption and Future Generations: Is There a Moral Need to Change our Food Consumption in Order to Safeguard the Human Rights of Future Generations? Franck L.B. Meijboom 14. Climate Change and the Right to One Child Tim Meijers 15. The Institutional Representation of Future Generations Sandor Fulop 16. Human Rights, Sustainability and Future People – A Future Discussion Marcus Düwell and Gerhard Bos