Human Rights and Climate Change

Human Rights and Climate Change

by Stephen Humphreys
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

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From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780511848063
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/03/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
538 KB

Meet the Author

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.

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