Human Rights and Climate Change


This book presents a collection of 13 articles examining the human rights aspects of climate change and assessing the key public law and policy themes at their intersection. It considers the questions raised by climate change policies, such as 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. It comprises the following chapters:
Introduction: the human rights dimensions of climate change (Stephen Humphreys)
Part I. Rights Perspectives on Global Warming:
1. Competing justice claims: human rights, climate harms and international disorder (Stephen Humphreys)
2. Climate change, human rights and moral thresholds (Simon Caney)
3. Equitable utilization of the atmosphere: a rights-based approach to climate change? (Dinah Shelton)
4. Climate change, human rights and corporate accountability (Peter Newell)
5. Rethinking human rights: the impact of climate change on the dominant discourse (Sam Adelman)
Part II. Priorities, Risks and Inequities in Global Responses:
6. The Kyoto protocol and vulnerability: equity and human rights dimensions (Philippe Cullet)
7. Forests, climate change and human rights: managing risks and trade-offs (Frances Seymour)
8. Climate change and the right to the highest attainable standard of health (Paul Hunt and Rajat Khosla)
9. Human rights and vulnerability to climate change (Jon Barnett)
10. Climate change, evolution of disasters and inequality (Kye Mesa Barnard and John Mutter)
Part III. Conclusion:
11. Conceiving justice: articulating common causes in parallel regimes (Stephen Humphreys)
Appendix: climate change impacts on human rights.


Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, ISBN 9780521762762, 368 pp.

Human Rights and Climate Change

Published 1 January 2009