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Climate Change and Human Rights: Books/Treatises

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Books/Treaties

 

Human Rights Approaches to Environmental Protection - Alan E Boyle and Michael R. Anderson  Edit or Delete Book #392042

Bluebook citation: Human Rights Approaches to Environmental Protection (Alan E. Boyle & Michael R. Anderson, eds., Oxford University Press 1996).

While published in 1996 and therefore prior to the emergence of climate change as an immediate and international problem, this book, a collection of 14 essays edited by Michael Anderson of the University of London and Alan Boyle of the University of Edinburgh, offers a very useful and readable overview of the linkage between environmental problems, human rights and the law by examining the basic question of whether human rights can meaningfully contribute to the protection of the environment.

Looking at environmental and human rights in both the international and domestic contexts, the book examines how human rights and the environment are related, to what extent environmental rights are recognized in the existing international human rights framework, how environmental rights are defined and applied, as well as what the advantages and disadvantages are of looking at environmental issues through a human rights lens.

Environmental Justice and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: International and Domestic Legal Perspectives - Laura Westra  Edit or Delete Book #392039

Bluebook citation: Laura Westra, Environmental Justice and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: International and Domestic Legal Perspectives (2008).

Written by Laura Westra, a law professor at the University of Windsor, Canada, this book examines the negative effects of environmental degradation on indigenous peoples.  While Westra powerfully analyzes the ways in which the rights of indigenous communities around the globe are marginalized or ignored by governmental and business policies, there is no substantive analysis of the interaction between human rights and climate change.  Rather, climate change receives sporadic mention as one of the factors that can and has eroded the rights of indigenous peoples.  

This book would be of greatest use to a researcher already well-versed in the climate change/human rights discussion and interested specifically in the human rights issues facing indigenous peoples as a result of environmental degradation.

Reconciling Human Existence with Ecological Integrity: Science, Ethics, Economics and Law - Laura Westra, Klaus Bosselmann and Richard Westra  Edit or Delete Book #392033

Bluebook citation: Reconciling Human Existence with Ecological Integrity: Science, Ethics, Economics and Law (Laura Westra, Klaus Bosselman & Richard Westra, eds., Earthscan Press 2008).

Written by members of the Global Ecological Integrity Group, this book examines how human rights can be reconciled with ecological integrity.  While an entire section is reserved for a discussion of climate change (“Part IV: Ecological Integrity, Climate Change and Energy”), these chapters deal primarily with energy policy problems and suggestions for change in order to combat climate change and are, as a result, disappointingly unhelpful to a researcher looking to understand the interaction of human rights and climate change. The book does, however, include a useful, if elementary, chapter on climate change and human rights.

“The Case for Understanding Inadequate National Responses to Climate Change as Human Rights Violation,” a chapter written by Donald Brown, an associate professor of environmental ethics, science and law at Penn State University, provides a basic overview of the relationship between human rights and climate change. Brown explains what human rights are, what the existing international human rights framework looks like, the factual basis for looking at climate change as a trigger of human rights violations, and arguments against human rights violations that are relevant to climate change.

Human Rights and Climate Change - Stephen Humphreys

Bluebook citation: Human Rights and Climate Change (Stephen Humphreys, ed. Cambridge University Press 2010)

Written by Stephen Humphreys, the Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy (ICHRP), this inquiry into the human rights dimensions of climate change looks beyond potential impacts to examine the questions raised by climate change policies: 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.  This book examines a range of so-far unexplored theoretical and practical concerns that international law and other scholars and policy-framers will find increasingly difficult to ignore.

Human Rights and Climate Change : A Review of the International Legal Dimensions - Siobhan McInerney-Lankford, Mac Darrow, Lavanya Rajamani 

Bluebook citation: Siobhan McInerney-Lankford Et Al., Human Rights and Climate Change: A Review of the International Legal Dimensions:World Bank Publications (2011).

This Study explores arguments about the impact of climate change on human rights, examining the international legal frameworks governing human rights and climate change and identifying the relevant synergies and tensions between them.  It helps advance an understanding of what is meant, in legal and policy terms, by the human rights impacts of climate change through examples of specific substantive rights.

Globalization, International Law, and Human Rights - Addicott, Jeffrey F; Bhuiyan, Jahid Hossain; Chowdhury, Tareq M. R.

         Bluebook citation: Jeffrey F. Addicott Et. Al., Globalization, International Law, and Human Rights: Oxford University Press (2012).

This book undertakes an examination of compoex connections between globalization, international law and human rights.  The essays analyse the patterns of state responses to both traditional and emerging notices of certain categories of the human rights paradigm.  It covers important contemporary issues such as the relationship between human rights and globalization, climate change, unbridled corporate capitalism, global terrorism, and globalization and its impact on trade, investments, and people’s movement.


Climate Change and the Law
- Erkki J. Hollo, Kati Kulovesi, and Michael Mehling.

Bluebook citation: Erkki J. Hollo Et. Al., Climate Change and the Law: Springer (2013).

Chapter 12 of this book, Climate Change and Human Rights, examines the inter-relationship between human rights and climate change. Some aspects of the relationship between climate change and human rights have been selected, especially those that have emerged as having most potential in influencing climate change governance.

Disentangling Migration and Climate Change: Methodologies, Political Discourses and Human Rights - Thomas Faist and Jeanette Schade

Bluebook citation: Disentangling Migration and Climate Change: Methodologies, Political Discourses and Human Rights (Thomas Faist & Jeanette Schade, eds., Springer, 2013).

This book addresses environmental and climate change induced migration from the vantage point of migration studies.  It also establishes the interconnections between societal and environmental vulnerability, and migration and capability, allowing appreciation of migration in the frame of climate as a case of spatial and social mobility, that is, as a strategy of persons and groups to deal with a grossly unequal distribution of life chances across the world.