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Towards a right to sustainable energy

By Sholam Blustein

Abstract

Energy represents the cornerstone of modern life. However, current patterns of energy production are unsustainable. This is true for both the developed and developing worlds. In this context, this paper considers how, from a conceptual perspective, the law can contribute to more sustainable patterns of energy production can be addressed. The approach that this paper adopts is to consider two of the most important concepts that are relevant to the governance of modern environmental and societal challenges: human dignity and sustainable development. It is within this context that this paper contends that the convergence of these concepts provides the platform for a novel approach to encourage the sustainable production of energy by way of a ‘right to sustainable energy’. With this in mind, this paper considers the forum in which a right to sustainable energy may be developed and outlines the content of the proposed right

Topics: 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Sustainable development, Energy, Human rights
Publisher: Lawtext Publishing Ltd.
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:60063

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