Sustainable development requires consideration of the quality of life that future generations will be able to enjoy, and as the adjustment to sustainable lifestyles gathers momentum, the rights of future generations and our responsibility for their wellbeing is becoming a central issue. In this, the first book to address this emerging area of international law, leading experts examine the legal and theoretical frameworks for representing and safeguarding the interests of future generations in current international treaties. This unique volume will be required reading for academics and students of international environmental law and policy.
Emmanuel Agius is Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Theology and Coordinator of the Future Generations Programme at the Foundation for International Studies, University of Malta. Salvino Busuttil is former Director General of the Foundation for International Studies.
Future Generations and International Law is the seventh volume in the International Law and Sustainable Development series, co-developed with FIELD. The series aims to address and define the major legal issues associated with sustainable development and to contribute to the progressive development of international law. Other titles in the series are: Greening International Law, Interpreting the Precautionary Principle, Property Rights in the Defence of Nature, Improving Compliance with International Environmental Law, Greening International Institutions and Quotas in International Environmental Agreements.
'A legal parallel to the Blueprint series - welcome, timely and provocative'
Originally published in 1997
About the Author
Emmanuel Agius is Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Theology and Coordinator of the Future Generations Programme at the Foundation for International Studies, University of Malta.
Salvino Busuttil is former Director General of the Foundation for International Studies.
Table of Contents
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
List of Contributors
Preface Salvino Busuttil and Katsuhiko Yazaki
Introduction Emrnanuel Agius and Tae-Chang Kim
Part 1: Philosophical Reflections
1. Obligations of Justice towards Future Generations: A Revolution in Social and Legal Thought
2. Beyond Parfit's Paradox
Part 2: State Responsibilities towards Future Generations
3. The Responsibility of the State towards Future Generations
4. A Guardian as Monitor of Sustainability of Marine Living Resources
Part 3: Future Generations as a Subject of International Law
5. A Commentary on the Status of Future Generations as a Subject of International Law
6. Speaking Without a Voice
7. Safeguarding Future Generations
Christopher D. Stone
Part 4: Practical Legal Consequences of Future Generation Provisions in Existing Treaties
8. Protecting Future Generations: Precedents and Practicalities
9. Precautionary Principle and Future Generations lames Cameron,Will Wade-Gery and Juli Abouchar
Part 5: Relevance of Rio Declaration, Agenda 21 and the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development to a Guardian
10. The Relevance of UNCED to a Guardian for Future Generations
11. Guarding Intergenerational Rights Over Natural Resources
12. The United Nations as a Guardian for Future Generations
13. Future Generat: Searching for a System of Protection
R St J Macdonald
Part 6: Draft Instrument
14. A Draft Instrument Concerning the Role of a Guardian
Appendix: International Legal Materials Referring to Future Generations
Notes and References