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Representation of future generations


Lawrence, P, Representation of future generations, Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance, Routledge, A Kalfagianni, D Fuchs and A Hayden (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 88-99. ISBN 9781138048287 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9781315170237-8


International institutions that purport to represent future generations have the potential to act as powerful vehicles for promoting sustainability. The normative basis for this approach rests on an assumption that international institutions ought to promote justice including intergenerational justice. The massive bias against future generations in contemporary rule-making and institutions justifies international institutions with a mandate to represent future generations as a means for redressing this imbalance. The democratic ideal also justifies such institutions which can provide a voice for future generations that are inevitably impacted by contemporary decision-making. These normative arguments are explored in relation to a proposed UN Commissioner for future generations. This case study addresses the question of how a mandate for such an institution should best be framed in terms of human rights or sustainability, and also the democratic legitimacy of such institutions. The chapter concludes with some proposals for further research.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:promoting sustainability, intergenerational justice
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:Civil justice
UTAS Author:Lawrence, P (Dr Peter Lawrence)
ID Code:136423
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2019-12-19
Last Modified:2020-03-03

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