Accommodating Human Values in the Climate Regime

Utrecht Law Review, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 18-34, December 2008

17 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2008  

Rosalind Cook

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Eljalill Tauschinsky

Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Date Written: December 14, 2008

Abstract

The climate regime addresses one of the most important challenges facing humankind today. However, while the environmental and economic sides of the problem are well represented, it lacks the inclusion of social and human aspects. The human rights regime, in contrast, is a regime which has been established precisely to implement human values. This article explains the problems of climate change in terms of human values and argues that some procedures from the human rights regime offer possibilities for improvement. It is submitted that through the inclusion of human rights instruments, such as individual communication, progressive realisation and authoritative interpretation, the inclusion of human values into the climate regime will be facilitated. This article presents these instruments and discusses their potential for inclusion in the climate regime.

Keywords: climate regime, human rights procedures, post-Kyoto regime, human values, sustainable development

Suggested Citation

Cook, Rosalind and Tauschinsky, Eljalill, Accommodating Human Values in the Climate Regime (December 14, 2008). Utrecht Law Review, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 18-34, December 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1318255

Rosalind Cook (Contact Author)

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Eljalill Tauschinsky

Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance ( email )

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