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Human Rights and Climate Change

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Stephen Humphreys, Simon Caney, Dinah Shelton, Peter Newell, Sam Adelman, Philippe Cullet, Frances Seymour, Paul Hunt, Rajat Khosla, Jon Barnett, Kye Mesa Barnard, John Mutter
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  • Date Published: January 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521762762

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  • As the effects of climate change continue to be felt, appreciation of its future transformational impact on numerous areas of public law and policy is set to grow. Among these, human rights concerns are particularly acute. They include forced mass migration, increased disease incidence and strain on healthcare systems, threatened food and water security, the disappearance and degradation of shelter, land, livelihoods and cultures, and the threat of conflict. This inquiry into the human rights dimensions of climate change looks beyond potential impacts to examine the questions raised by climate change policies: accountability for extraterritorial harms; constructing reliable enforcement mechanisms; assessing redistributional outcomes; and allocating burdens, benefits, rights and duties among perpetrators and victims, both public and private. The book examines a range of so-far unexplored theoretical and practical concerns that international law and other scholars and policy-framers will find increasingly difficult to ignore.

    • First collection on the human rights dimensions of climate change, assessing the key public law and policy themes at their intersection
    • Provides readers with multidisciplinary perspectives
    • Clear and nontechnical language provides non-specialist readers with an accessible introduction to complex issues
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "I was particularly impressed by the viability of his clear and structured arguement as I have not seen much promise in the influence of human rights on the design of the climate change regime as a whole."
    -Timo Koivurova,The Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521762762
    • length: 370 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the human rights dimensions of climate change Stephen Humphreys
    Part I. Rights Perspectives on Global Warming:
    1. Competing justice claims: human rights, climate harms and international disorder Stephen Humphreys
    2. Climate change, human rights and moral thresholds Simon Caney
    3. Equitable utilization of the atmosphere: a rights-based approach to climate change? Dinah Shelton
    4. Climate change, human rights and corporate accountability Peter Newell
    5. Rethinking human rights: the impact of climate change on the dominant discourse Sam Adelman
    Part II. Priorities, Risks and Inequities in Global Responses:
    6. The Kyoto protocol and vulnerability: equity and human rights dimensions Philippe Cullet
    7. Forests, climate change and human rights: managing risks and trade-offs Frances Seymour
    8. Climate change and the right to the highest attainable standard of health Paul Hunt and Rajat Khosla
    9. Human rights and vulnerability to climate change Jon Barnett
    10. Climate change, evolution of disasters and inequality Kye Mesa Barnard and John Mutter
    Part III. Conclusion:
    11. Conceiving justice: articulating common causes in parallel regimes Stephen Humphreys
    Appendix: climate change impacts on human rights.

  • Editor

    Stephen Humphreys, The International Council on Human Rights Policy, Geneva
    Stephen Humphreys is Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy (ICHRP), an independent research institution based in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and has published widely on human rights.


    Mary Robinson


    Stephen Humphreys, Simon Caney, Dinah Shelton, Peter Newell, Sam Adelman, Philippe Cullet, Frances Seymour, Paul Hunt, Rajat Khosla, Jon Barnett, Kye Mesa Barnard, John Mutter

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