The role of human rights in environmental governance : the challenge of climate change

Lewis, Bridget (2010) The role of human rights in environmental governance : the challenge of climate change. In Techera, Erika (Ed.) Environmental Law, Ethics and Governance. Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford.

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Abstract

The role of human rights in environmental governance is increasingly gaining attention. This is particularly the case in relation to the challenge of climate change, where there is growing recognition of a real threat to human rights. This chapter argues in favour of greater reference to human rights principles in environmental governance. It refers to the experiences of Torres Strait Islanders to demonstrate the impact of climate change on human rights, and the many benefits which can be gained from a greater consideration of human rights norms in the development of strategies to combat climate change. The chapter also argues that a human rights perspective can help address the underlying injustice of climate change: that it is the people who have contributed least to the problem who will bear the heaviest burden of its effects.

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ID Code: 46689
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: human rights, environment, climate change, environmental justice
ISBN: 9781848880344
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Human Rights Law (180114)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Inter-Disciplinary Press
Deposited On: 30 Oct 2011 22:04
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2011 13:12

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