Bringing Human Rights to Bear on Climate Change

In: Climate Law
John H. Knox Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law, Wake Forest University,

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This article provides a framework for considering how human rights norms have been, and may be, brought to bear on climate change. After describing how human rights norms have been applied to environmental issues generally, the article addresses the challenge of climate change, whose global nature complicates the application of environmental human rights norms. The third section summarizes the emerging human rights obligations of states with respect to climate change.

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