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Human Rights Forum Lunchtime Discussion - 'Environmental Human Rights: Conceptual Foundations'

Date: 13 February 2007 Time: 1.00 pm

Human Rights Forum Lunchtime Discussion

'Environmental Human Rights: conceptual foundations'

Tuesday 13th February 2007, 1-2pm, NSSR2 (A11)

Introduced by Mike Hannis (Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, Lancaster University, and Institute for Law, Politics and Justice, University of Keele)

Can we meaningfully define the environmental conditions required (a) for human survival, or (b) for a flourishing human life? If so, does it make sense to say we have a right to (b), or even to (a)? Does claiming such a right equate to more than making a claim of justice (about, for instance, equality of access to finite resources)? If we do have such rights, who has the corresponding duties? Are such rights best considered as preconditions for securing currently accepted human rights, or should they be explicitly constitutionalised as "environmental human rights"? Is it strategically advisable for environmentalists to frame their concerns in terms of human rights?

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