Climate Change and Human Rights: Unpacking the Issues (D. Bodansky)


Daniel Bodansky


Global warming, human right, climate change


This symposium issue of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law represents an important contribution to the emerging scholarship on climate change and humanrights, with articles by leading experts from around the country. Keynote speaker Professor Thomas Pogge, a professor of philosophy and international affairs at Yale University , considers the broad implications of climate change for human rights in the context of world poverty. Marc Limon, Counselor of the Permanent Mission of the Repulic of the Maldives to the UN office in Geneva, examines the treatment of the subject within the United Nations system. Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza of the University of California Hastings Law School considers the human rights implications of measures undertaken by states in response to climate change. University of Oregon School of Law Professor Svitlana Kravchenko focuses on procedural rights concerning access to information and public participation. Professor Rebecca Bratspies of the City University of New York School of Law looks at the role of human rights norms in domestic regulatory decision-making. Finally, Edward Cameron examines the development of a human rights-based approach to addressing climate change, assessing the usefulness of such an approach in shaping effective policy responses and informing economic development. In this brief introductory essay, I seek to map out the overarching distinctions and questions, in order to frame the more detailed studies that follow.


(2010) 38 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 511


Climate Change and Human Rights: Unpacking the Issues