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Justifying representation of future generations and nature: contradictory or mutually supporting values?

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Lawrence, P, Justifying representation of future generations and nature: contradictory or mutually supporting values?, Transnational Environmental Law pp. 1-27. ISSN 2047-1025 (2022) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1017/S2047102522000176

Abstract

At first blush, normative arguments justifying representation of future generations and nature appear to rest on contradictory values. This article argues, however, that there are strong synergies between these discourses. Arguments for institutions for future generations based on human rights are compared with justifications for proxy representation of nature based on ecological justice, Indigenous ecological justice and socio-ecological justice. Case studies involving the Welsh Commissioner for Future Generations, the Aotearoa New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, and ascribing legal personality to rivers in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, are presented to demonstrate that representing future generations and nature reflect mutually supporting values. Building on these synergies is vital for reform efforts.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:future generations, intergenerational justice, proxy representation, commissioners for future generations and nature, rights of nature
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lawrence, P (Dr Peter Lawrence)
ID Code:151268
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2022-07-26
Last Modified:2022-07-26
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