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Human Rights and Environmental Sustainability

Kerri Woods, Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Leeds, UK
Human Rights and Environmental Sustainability challenges the assumed harmony between human rights norms and the demands of environmental sustainability, by addressing conceptual, normative, and political questions surrounding the interaction between the two.
Extent: 192 pp
Hardback Price: $120.00 Web: $108.00
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84844 853 7
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  • Environment
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Law - Academic
  • Human Rights
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • European Politics and Policy
  • Human Rights
Human Rights and Environmental Sustainability challenges the assumed harmony between human rights norms and the demands of environmental sustainability, by addressing conceptual, normative, and political questions surrounding the interaction between the two.

What is gained and lost by environmental theorists and activists adopting the language and institutions of human rights? Is there coherence or tension between the values of human rights and environmental sustainability? Is the idea of environmental human rights plausible, and defensible? Whereas previous studies have considered the interface between human rights and environmental sustainability on an empirical level, this pioneering book engages the theoretical and philosophical issues at stake. Given the significant environmental challenges we face, and the dominance of human rights as a normative framework, these concerns demand our attention.

This timely work will appeal to scholars in the fields of environmental politics, philosophy, human rights theory and global or international ethics, as well as postgraduate students in environmental politics, and philosophy. Postgraduate students in human rights – particularly human rights theory – global or international ethics, and scholars working in environmental law or human rights law will also find this book invaluable.
‘Woods provides a valuable contribution to an important dialogue, crafted in a style that invites the reader to look further into the issues raised. It should become a first point of reference for many on the subject.’
– Feja Lesniewska, Journal of Environmental Law

‘Human rights and environmental sustainability have virtually unassailable legitimacy as objectives in the contemporary world. But do they work with or against each other? In this forensic dissection of the relationship between the two concepts, Kerri Woods raises the analytical bar to new heights. The result is a striking combination of intellectual sophistication and political sensitivity – not to be missed.’
– Andrew Dobson, Keele University, UK
Contents: Introduction 1. Globalization, Human Rights and the Environment 2. Human Rights: Moral Authority and Philosophical Doubts 3. The Contemporary Human Rights Regime: Some Criticisms and an Alternative 4. Environmental Sustainability and Environmental Values 5. The Institutions of Sustainability: Citizenship, Democracy and Justice 6. Rights or Sustainability; Rights and Sustainability? References Index