Intergenerational Equity

Environmental and Cultural Concerns


In Intergenerational Equity: Environmental and Cultural Concerns, the editors have produced an important, broad-based volume on intergenerational equity. The authors explore the principle of intergenerational equity in many dimensions, from the theoretical to the practical. While the primary focus is on intergenerational equity in the context of environmental resources and cultural heritage, the principle is also addressed in a broad array of other contexts. The final section of the volume considers intergenerational justice as it applies to indigenous peoples, genocide, migration, sovereign wealth funds and foreign investment. The chapters also provide a critical analysis of the issues and a consideration of the difficulties in implementing intergenerational equity.

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Thomas Cottier is Professor Emeritus of European and International Economic Law and Senior Research Fellow at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern as well as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa.
Shaheeza Lalani is the Founding Director of the Doctoral Program at the Graduate School of Economic Globalisation and Integration at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern. She holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Lausanne and law degrees from McGill University in Montreal.
Clarence Siziba is a Ph.D. Candidate in Law at the Graduate School of Economic Globalisation and Integration at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern. He holds law degrees from the Universities of Fort Hare and the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
“The editors of this monograph aimed to produce a broad-based volume on intergenerational equity, and they definitely succeeded in this. The topics of the chapters are impressively diverse – from the short-term mobility of people to genocide denial, and from the practicalities of freshwater governance to the influence of a capitalist narrative in climate negotiations. The book will broaden the reader’s ideas about which areas of policy-making should include intergeneration justice concerns.” - Nicky van Dijk, in: Intergenerational Justice Review (IGJR)
Shaheeza Lalani and Clarence Siziba
Edith Brown Weiss
Notes on Contributors

Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Part 1: Intergenerational Equity Theories

1 Equity in International Law
Thomas Cottier

2 All-affected, Non-identity and the Political Representation of Future Generations: Linking Intergenerational Justice with Democracy
Michael Rose

3 Guardians for Future Generations: Bringing Intergenerational Justice into the Heart of Policy-making
Catherine Pearce

Part 2: Environmental Concerns

4 Intergenerational Justice and the Concept of Common Concern in Marine Resource Allocation and Ocean Governance
Judith Schäli

5 Equity across Generations in International and Domestic Water Law
Otto Spijkers

6 Intergenerational Justice: Promotion of Renewables and the Water Protection Objective
Karolis Gudas and Simona Weber

7 Intergenerational Climate Justice
Anna Aseeva

Conclusion: Balancing the Role and Responsibilities of Business in Society
Sonia Gawlick and Jean Brice Audoye

Part 3: Cultural Concerns

8 Genocide Denial as an Intergenerational Injustice
Melanie Altanian

9 Intergenerational Justice and International Migration: Some Insights from Law and Economics
Philip C. Hanke

10 Funding the Future: Sovereign Wealth Funds as Promoters of Intergenerational Equity
Xenia Karametaxas

11 Striking a Balance between the Protection of Foreign Investment and the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage in International Investment Agreements: Can General Exceptions Make a Difference?
Roberto Claros

Conclusion: Looking Forward – Intergenerational Justice in the Context of Indigenous Rights in Canada
Amyn Lalji

Epilogue: Voices of the Future for Sustainability
Jona David

This work is targeted for policy makers and university students (law, history, philosophy, political science, economics).
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