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Human Rights and Climate Change

Full title

Beyond Anthropocentric Interests and Values? Human Rights and Climate Change

Project description

It is difficult to deny the value and importance of human rights, and yet their application in the context of climate change is increasingly contested. While some argue that it is difficult to establish the violation of human rights by climate change processes, others contend that human rights are anthropocentric, and therefore, cannot provide sufficient protection to the environment.

This interdisciplinary project will lay the groundwork for a human rights approach to climate change that combines ethical and legal considerations in a way that better equips it to provide sufficient protection to both human and non-human parts of nature. The seed grant will be used to examine theoretical issues in an interdisciplinary workshop, disseminate findings via publications, and engage with ongoing climate change litigation cases.

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