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Environmental Justice and the Rights of Unborn and Future Generations: Law, Environmental Harm and the Right to Health

Edited By: Laura Westra

352 pages, tables, index


Paperback | Feb 2008 | #175505 | ISBN-13: 9781844075508
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Hardback | Sep 2006 | #159722 | ISBN: 1844073661
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About this book

The traditional concept of social justice is increasingly being challenged by the notion of a human-kind which spans current and future generations. This book is the first systematic examination of how the rights of the unborn and future generations are handled in common law and under international legal instruments. It provides comprehensive coverage of the arguments over international legal instruments, key legal cases and examples including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, industrial disasters, clean water provision, diet, HIV/AIDS, environmental racism and climate change.

The result is the most controversial and thorough examination to date of the subject and the enormous ramifications and challenges it poses to every aspect of international and domestic environmental, human rights, trade and public health law and policy. Also covered are international agreements and objectives as diverse as the Kyoto Protocol, the Millennium Development Goals and international trade.

In many countries, a three-month-old foetus can be aborted - so what does the law say about the poisoning of an unborn child by a toxic spill, HIV infection or the future damage of climate change?This is a powerful book that examines the right of the unborn to health - essential for governments, polluting industries, NGOs and lawyers dealing with pollution, health and the rights of the unborn. It offers a comprehensive coverage of key international legal instruments, cases from Bhopal to Chernobyl, and arguments on environmental harm, justice and the rights of future generations to health.

'Laura Westra's book is a welcome addition to the growing body of work on environmental jurisprudence and the link to social justice' Elizabeth May, Executive Director, Sierra Club of Canada 'If outrage against social injustice galvanizes your life, Laura Westra's magisterial Environmental Justice and the Rights of Unborn and Future Generations is the single book you must read and use this year' Robert Goodland, former Chief Environmental Adviser to the World Bank Group 'Westra brings another important interdisciplinary perspective on this topic.' Journal of Human Rights


Introduction; The Child's Rights to Health and the Environment, and the Role of the WHO; The Status of the Preborn in Civil Law Instruments; The Status of the Child and the Preborn in Common Law Instruments and Cases; Supranational Governance; The Impact of Consumerism and Social Policy on the Health of the Child; Future Generations' Rights; Ecojustice and Consideration for the Future; Ecojustice and Industrial Operations; Developmental and Health Rights of Children in Developing Countries; Appendices, Bibliography, Table of Cases, Index.

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Laura Westra is President of the Global Ecological Integrity Group (GEIG) and author of 16 books including Environmental Justice and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007)

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