The history of human rights suggests that individuals should be empowered in their natural, political, political, social and economic vulnerabilities. States within the international arena hold each other responsible for doing just that and support or interfere where necessary. States are to protect these essential human vulnerabilities, even when this is not a matter of self-interest. This function of human rights is recognized in contexts of intervention, genocide, humanitarian aid and development.

This book develops the idea of environmental obligations as long-term responsibilities in the context of human rights. It proposes that human rights require recognition that, in the face of unsustainable conduct, future human persons are exposed and vulnerable. It explores the obstacles for long-term responsibilities that human rights law provides at the level of international and national law and challenges the question of whether lifestyle restrictions are enforceable in view of liberties and levels of wellbeing typically seen as protected by human rights.

The book will be of interest to postgraduates studying Human Rights, Sustainability, Law and Philosophy.

chapter 1|7 pages

Human rights and future people

An introduction
ByGerhard Bos, Marcus Düwell

part I|58 pages

Obstacles and promises in contemporary human rights law

chapter 2|14 pages

Greening human rights law

A focus on the European Convention on Human Rights
ByElina Pirjatanniemi

chapter 3|15 pages

An atmospheric trust to protect the environment for future generations?

Reform options for human rights law
ByPeter Lawrence

chapter 4|13 pages

Avoiding the tragedy of human rights

How complex thought may open the way to recognising human rights for future generations
ByEmilie Gaillard

chapter 5|14 pages

International human rights and duties to future generations

The role of an international constitution
ByStephen Riley

part II|54 pages

Long-term responsibility and the theory of human rights

chapter 6|13 pages

Human dignity and intergenerational human rights 1

ByMarcus Düwell

chapter 7|13 pages

Human rights and threats concerning future people

A sufficientarian proposal
ByJos Philips

chapter 8|12 pages

Human rights, climate change, and sustainability

ByAdina Preda

chapter 9|14 pages

A chain of status

Long-term responsibility in the context of human rights
ByGerhard Bos

part III|45 pages

Human rights approaches to sustainability

chapter 10|14 pages

Human rights as a normative guideline for climate policy

ByMichael Reder, Lukas Köhler

chapter 11|14 pages

The duties we have to future generations

A Gewirthian approach
ByDeryck Beyleveld

chapter 12|15 pages

Ecological rights of future generations

A capability approach
ByRutger Claassen

part IV|52 pages

Implications and implementation

chapter 13|12 pages

On current food consumption and future generations

Is there a moral need to change our food consumption in order to safeguard the human rights of future generations?
ByFranck L.B. Meijboom

chapter 14|14 pages

Climate change and the right to one child

ByTim Meijers

chapter 15|17 pages

The institutional representation of future generations

BySandor Fulop

chapter 16|7 pages

Human rights, sustainability and future people – a future discussion

ByMarcus Düwell, Gerhard Bos