Towards a right to sustainable energy

Blustein, Sholam (2012) Towards a right to sustainable energy. Environmental Liability, pp. 173-185.

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Abstract

Energy represents the cornerstone of modern life. However, current patterns of energy production are unsustainable. This is true for both the developed and developing worlds. In this context, this paper considers how, from a conceptual perspective, the law can contribute to more sustainable patterns of energy production can be addressed. The approach that this paper adopts is to consider two of the most important concepts that are relevant to the governance of modern environmental and societal challenges: human dignity and sustainable development. It is within this context that this paper contends that the convergence of these concepts provides the platform for a novel approach to encourage the sustainable production of energy by way of a ‘right to sustainable energy’. With this in mind, this paper considers the forum in which a right to sustainable energy may be developed and outlines the content of the proposed right.

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ID Code: 60063
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sustainable development, Energy, Human rights
ISSN: 0966-2030
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Lawtext Publishing Ltd.
Deposited On: 19 May 2013 22:34
Last Modified: 29 May 2013 11:08

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