Human Rights and the Environment: In Search of a New Relationship. Synergies and Common Themes

13 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2013

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Evadne Grant

Department of Law, University of the West of England, Bristol

Louis Jacobus Kotze

North-West University

Karen Morrow

Swansea University

Date Written: February 20, 2013

Abstract

The 2012 Onati Workshop on Human Rights and the Environment sought to begin the important task of developing a new framework that could contribute to re-imagining the relationship between human rights and the environment. Doing full justice to the vibrant and sustained discussion that took place in response to the papers delivered in the Workshop is near impossible in an ex post facto account that can only convey the merest flavour of the richness and complexity of what took place. Nonetheless, the following sections briefly recollect common themes and valuable insights that emerged during the workshop discussions and attempt to reflect the energy and creativity that accompanied them, with a view to setting out the general context within which the various individual papers in this volume should be considered. We have arranged the subsequent discussion to centre on the core discrete yet interrelated themes that emerged and developed during our workshop deliberations, namely: vulnerability; the limits of the law; the limits of rights; responsibility; interconnection; and thinking ecologically.

El taller sobre Derechos Humanos y Medio Ambiente celebrado en Oñati en 2012, buscó iniciar la importante tarea de desarrollar un nuevo marco que podría contribuir a re-imaginar la relación entre los derechos humanos y el medio ambiente. Haciendo justicia a la discusión vibrante y prolongada que tuvo lugar en respuesta a las ponencias presentadas en el taller, es casi imposible en un recuento ex post facto que sólo puede transmitir una mínima parte de la riqueza y complejidad de lo acontecido en Oñati. No obstante, las siguientes secciones recogen brevemente temas comunes y valiosas ideas que surgieron durante las discusiones del taller y tratan de reflejar la energía y creatividad que los acompañaba, con el fin de establecer el marco general dentro del cual las diversas ponencias individuales de este volumen deberían ser consideradas. Hemos organizado el debate posterior para centrarnos en el discreto núcleo aún interrelacionado con temas que surgieron y se desarrollaron durante nuestras deliberaciones de los talleres, a saber: la vulnerabilidad, los límites de la ley, los límites de los derechos, la responsabilidad, la interconexión, y el pensamiento ecológico.

Keywords: Vulnerability, limits of law, limits of rights, responsibility, interconnection, ecological reorientation, ecological thinking. Vulnerabilidad, limites de la ley, limites de los derechos, responsabilidad, interconexión, reorientación ecológica, pensamiento ecológico.

Suggested Citation

Grant, Evadne and Kotze, Louis Jacobus and Morrow, Karen, Human Rights and the Environment: In Search of a New Relationship. Synergies and Common Themes (February 20, 2013). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 3, No. 5, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2221302

Evadne Grant (Contact Author)

Department of Law, University of the West of England, Bristol ( email )

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Louis Jacobus Kotze

North-West University ( email )

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Karen Morrow

Swansea University ( email )

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Swansea, Wales SA2 8PP
United Kingdom

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