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Choosing a Future
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Choosing a Future

The Social and Legal Aspects of Climate Change

9781783477234 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Anna Grear, Professor of Law and Theory, Cardiff University and Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Institute for Public Affairs, London School of Economics, UK
Publication Date: 2014 ISBN: 978 1 78347 723 4 Extent: 160 pp
The issue is no longer whether climate change is happening; it is rather what we should now be doing about it. Drawing together key thinkers and policy experts, this unique volume – also a Special Issue of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment - engages with the human dimensions of climate change, offering a timely intervention into contemporary debates about the challenging relationship between law and society in a time of climate crisis. The result is an imaginative, well-informed and provocative collection of contemporary engagements with the greatest challenge of the age, concerned not only to understand the current crisis but to offer perspectives on how it can be addressed. At the heart of this volume is the conviction that change is urgent, possible and morally imperative.

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The issue is no longer whether climate change is happening; it is rather what we should now be doing about it. Drawing together key thinkers and policy experts, this unique volume – also a Special Issue of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment - engages with the human dimensions of climate change, offering a timely intervention into contemporary debates about the challenging relationship between law and society in a time of climate crisis. The result is an imaginative, well-informed and provocative collection of contemporary engagements with the greatest challenge of the age, concerned not only to understand the current crisis but to offer perspectives on how it can be addressed. At the heart of this volume is the conviction that change is urgent, possible and morally imperative.
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‘Congratulations to the editors , Anna Grear and Conor Gearty, on Choosing a Future: The Social and Legal Aspects of Climate Change. It is a fine publication and a superb contribution to a growing evidence base to support climate justice. I appreciate the hard work and dedication that went into such an ambitious publication; one that will certainly inform ongoing discussions on how to remedy the climate crisis. The focus as we approach 2015 must be on how to solve the climate crisis is a way that is fair and informed by human rights. This is the only approach that will ensure that climate actions are good for the planet and for people. This publication–and the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment generally–is a great contribution to the international discourse.’
– Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, Ireland
Contents
EDITORIAL
Choosing a Future: The Social and Legal Aspects of Climate Change
Anna Grear and Conor Gearty

INSIGHTS AND CONVERSATIONS: SPEAKING OF POLICY
An Interview with Connie Hedegaard, European Union
Commissioner for Climate Action
Conor Gearty

Social and Legal Aspects of Climate Change
Mary Robinson

An interview with Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice
Conor Gearty

ARTICLES
Climate Ethics and Human Rights
John H Knox

Directional Climate Justice: The Normative Relationship Between
Moral Claim Rights and Directed Obligations
Marcus Hedahl

Changing Images Of Climate Change: Human Rights And Future Generations
Henry Shue

Trade in the Service of Climate Change Mitigation: The Question of Linkage
Olivier De Schutter

Towards ‘Climate Justice’? A Critical Reflection on Legal Subjectivity
and Climate Injustice: Warning Signals, Patterned Hierarchies,
Directions for Future Law and Policy
Anna Grear

Climate Justice: The Claim of the Past
Stephen Humphreys

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