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Conference on Human Rights and Climate Change
27. Januar, 12:00 - 14:00
On 27-28 January 2022, Leiden University’s interdisciplinary seed grant programme ‘Beyond Anthropocentric Interests and Values? Human Rights and Climate Change’ will host a conference on human rights and climate change. The conference is open to the public. If you wish to attend, please register by 24 January 2022. The impact of climate change on the human condition has only recently been framed in terms of its effects on the enjoyment of human rights including the right to life, health, housing, water, food, and development of both present and future generations. The negative impacts of climate change on the enjoyment of human rights are hard to deny. Yet, framing these impacts as human rights violations triggers a myriad of philosophical, legal and practical questions. In some views, for example, the dominant concept of human rights presupposes individualistic harm and responsibility that cannot be easily applied to aggregate problems such as climate change. Others go a step further and question the human rights approach to climate change as such on the grounds that it cannot provide sufficient protection to non-human parts of nature due to its anthropocentric foundations. Legal scholars and practitioners also point at a range of legal and evidentiary questions, such as questions relating to the territorial scope of human rights obligations and the attribution of harm. While criticisms such as these do not necessarily defeat the role of human rights in the context of climate change, they do make a strong case for re-examining their role in theory and practice. We will revisit these questions from a variety of perspectives (see the preliminary programme below). Please register before 24 January 2022 by sending an email to Angelieke Wolters (firstname.lastname@example.org) using the subject line ‘Conference registration’ and stating your name and institutional affiliation (if any). You will receive the link to the Zoom event a day before the conference.
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