Multiple authors (collection) edited by Stephen Humphreys (forward by Mary Robinson):
Stephen Humphreys (including introduction and conclusion), Simon Caney, Dinah Shelton, Peter Newell, Sam Adelman, Philippe Cullet, Francis Seymour, Paul Hunt & Rajat Khosla, Jon Barnett, John C. Mutter & Kye Mesa Barnard.
Environmental justice, human rights, climate change, developing countries, vulnerability, forced migration, climate harms, moral thresholds, extraterritorial responsibility, equitable utilisation of the atmosphere, corporate accountability, Kyoto protocol, equity dimensions, forests, managing risks and trade-offs, highest attainable standard of health, evolution of disasters and inequality.
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 health care 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. It is the first attempt to examine the interface between human rights and climate change and picks out areas where interactions between the two disciplines can be found. Hence this collection examines where an interface is already taking place and forecasts the type of techniques and strategies it may ‘engender or adopt’.
(2010, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge)
Human Rights and Climate Change