1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Climate Governance

Edited By Sébastien Duyck, Sébastien Jodoin, Alyssa Johl Copyright 2018
    452 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    452 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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

    Katherine Lofts

    Chapter 3 Climate Change and Human Rights: Fragmentation, Interplay and Institutional Linkages

    Annalisa Savaresi

    Chapter 4 Local Rights Claims in International Climate Negotiations: Transnational Human Rights Networks at the Climate Conferences

    Andrea Schapper

    Chapter 5 Rights, Representation and Recognition: Practicing Advocacy for Women and Indigenous Peoples in UN Climate Negotiations

    Linda Wallbott

    Part II International Framework

    Chapter 6 State Responsibility for Human Rights Violations Associated with Climate Change

    Margaretha Wewerinke

    Chapter 7 Climate change impacts: human rights in climate adaptation and loss and damage

    Sven Harmeling

    Chapter 8 Human Rights and Climate Displacement and Migration

    Alice Thomas

    Chapter 9 Climate Change under Regional Human Rights Systems

    Sumudu Attaputu

    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

    Ademola Jegede.

    Chapter 14 The Indigenous Rights Framework and Climate Change

    Ben Powless

    Chapter 15 Using the Paris Agreement's Ambition Ratcheting Mechanisms to Expose Insufficient Protection of Human Rights in Formulating National Climate Policies

    Donald Brown

    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

    Allie Silverman

    Chapter 18 Overlooked and undermined: child rights and climate change

    Joni Pegram

    Chapter 19 Human rights, differentiated responsibilities? Advancing equity and human rights in the Climate Change Regime

    Gita Parihar

    Chapter 20 Climate Justice and Human Rights

    Doreen Strabinsky

    Chapter 21 Securing Workers’ Rights in the Transition to a Low-carbon World: The Just Transition Concept and its Evolution

    Edouard Morena

    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

    Vositha Wijenayake

    Chapter 24 Climate Change and the European Court of Human Rights: Future Potentials

    Heta Heiskanen

    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

    Sabaa Khan

    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

    Abby Rubinson

    Chapter 30 Human Rights and Land-Based Carbon Mitigation

    Kate Dooley

    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

    Basil Ugochukwu


    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.