Over the last decade, the world has increasingly grappled with the complex linkages emerging between efforts to combat climate change and to protect human rights around the world. The Paris Climate Agreement adopted in December 2015 recognized the necessity for governments to take into consideration their human rights obligations when taking climate action. However, important gaps remain in understanding how human rights can be used in practice to develop and implement effective and equitable solutions to climate change at multiple levels of governance.
This book brings together leading scholars and practitioners to offer a timely and comprehensive analysis of the opportunities and challenges for integrating human rights in diverse areas and forms of global climate governance. The first half of the book explores how human rights principles and obligations can be used to reconceive climate governance and shape responses to particular aspects of climate change. The second half of the book identifies lessons in the integration of human rights in climate advocacy and governance and sets out future directions in this burgeoning domain.
Featuring a diverse range of contributors and case studies, this Handbook will be an essential resource for students, scholars, practitioners and policy makers with an interest in climate law and governance, human rights and international environmental law.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Part I Conceptual Foundations
Chapter 1 Integrating Human Rights in Global Climate Governance: An Introduction
Sébastien Duyck, Sébastien Jodoin and Alyssa Johl
Chapter 2 Analysing Rights Discourses in Climate Governance
Chapter 3 Climate Change and Human Rights: Fragmentation, Interplay and Institutional Linkages
Chapter 4 Local Rights Claims in International Climate Negotiations: Transnational Human Rights Networks at the Climate Conferences
Chapter 5 Rights, Representation and Recognition: Practicing Advocacy for Women and Indigenous Peoples in UN Climate Negotiations
Part II International Framework
Chapter 6 State Responsibility for Human Rights Violations Associated with Climate Change
Chapter 7 Climate change impacts: human rights in climate adaptation and loss and damage
Chapter 8 Human Rights and Climate Displacement and Migration
Chapter 9 Climate Change under Regional Human Rights Systems
Chapter 10 Climate Change in the UN Human Rights System
Yves Lador and Felix Kirchmeier.
Part III. Early Lessons
Chapter 11 Look before you Jump: Assessing the Potential Influence of the Human Rights Bandwagon on Domestic Climate Policy
Sébastien Jodoin, Rosine Faucher and Katherine Lofts
Chapter 12 Rights, Justice, and REDD+: Lessons from Climate Advocacy and Early Implementation in the Amazon Basin
Deborah Delgado Pugley
Chapter 13 Protecting Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights in Global Climate Governance
Chapter 14 The Indigenous Rights Framework and Climate Change
Chapter 15 Using the Paris Agreement's Ambition Ratcheting Mechanisms to Expose Insufficient Protection of Human Rights in Formulating National Climate Policies
Part IV. Stakeholder Perspectives
Chapter 16 From Marrakesh to Marrakesh: the rise of gender equality in the global climate governance and climate action
Anne Barre, Irene Dankelman, Anke Stock, Eleanor Blomstrom and Bridget Burns
Chapter 17 Energy Justice: The intersection of Human Rights and Climate Justice
Chapter 18 Overlooked and undermined: child rights and climate change
Chapter 19 Human rights, differentiated responsibilities? Advancing equity and human rights in the Climate Change Regime
Chapter 20 Climate Justice and Human Rights
Chapter 21 Securing Workers’ Rights in the Transition to a Low-carbon World: The Just Transition Concept and its Evolution
Part V. Regional Case Studies
Chapter 22 'There is No Time Left'– Climate Change, Environmental Threats, and Human Rights in Turkana County, Kenya
Katharina Rall and Felix Horne
Chapter 23 Human Rights and Climate Change: Focusing on South Asia
Chapter 24 Climate Change and the European Court of Human Rights: Future Potentials
Chapter 25 Are Europeans equal with regard to the health impact of climate change?
Isabell Eva Büschel
Chapter 26 Integrating a human rights based approach to address climate change impacts in Latin America: case studies from Bolivia and Peru
Andrea Rodriguez and Maria Jose Veramendi Villa
Chapter 27 Connecting Human Rights and Short-Lived Climate Pollutants: The Arctic Angle
Chapter 28 Climate change and human rights in the Commonwealth Caribbean: case studies of The Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago
Lisa Benjamin and Rueanna Haynes
Part VI. Future Directions
Chapter 29 Mobilizing Human Rights to Combat Climate Change through Litigation
Chapter 30 Human Rights and Land-Based Carbon Mitigation
Chapter 31 Climate Change: Human Rights & Private Remedies
Heather Mcleod-Kilmurray, Lynda Collins and Nathalie Chalifour
Chapter 32 Towards Responsible Renewable Energy: Assessing 50 wind and hydropowercompanies’ human rights policies in the context of rising allegations of abuse?
Eniko Horvath and Kasumi Maeda
Chapter 33 Intersectionalities, human rights and climate change: emerging linkages in the practice of the UN human rights monitoring system
Joanna Bourke Martignoni
Chapter 34 Climate Change, Human Rights & Divestment
Sébastien Duyck is a Senior Attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law, USA, and an affiliated researcher at the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law / Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland.
Sébastien Jodoin is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at McGill University, Canada, and an Associate Member of the McGill School of Environment.
Alyssa Johl is a founding member of the Climate Rights Collective. She previously served as a Senior Attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law, USA.