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Climate justice: the claim of the past

Humphreys, Stephen (2014) Climate justice: the claim of the past. Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, 5. pp. 134-148. ISSN 1759-7188

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Identification Number: 10.4337/jhre.2014.02.09


This synthetic appraisal of the collection of papers in this issue argues that historical injustice saturates the problem of climate change. Those most vulnerable to climate change today are largely those who already lack resources – who have been on the wrong end of colonial history, or who have been globalization’s losers, or who have suffered neglect, exclusion or simple rapacity at the hands of their own governments. They are those who have benefitted little or not at all from a carbon-intensive global economy, but who have long suffered its side effects – resource stripping, food price spikes, impoverishment and now the ravages of climate change. Following the other authors in this issue – and examining human rights law, trade law and the overarching ideal of the rule of law – the paper notes that the particular form taken by law in international and transnational affairs, having largely followed the historical progress of industrialism, colonialism and globalization, is peculiarly ill-suited to the task of addressing this vulnerability.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2014 Edward Elgar Publishing
Divisions: Law
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
JEL classification: F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F17 - Trade Forecasting and Simulation
F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F18 - Trade and Environment
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2014 09:12
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:53

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