• Human Rights and Climate Change: Moving from an Intrinsic to an Instrumental Approach (+)

    This Article is an appraisal of the interface between development, climate change, and human rights. The purpose is to assess the recent emergence of the discourse linking climate change and human rights, its viral progress, its prospects for shaping climate change analysis, processes, and policy responses, and the overall implications for development practitioners. The scope of this Article is to look at what David Kennedy calls the “vocabularies, expertise and sensibilit[ies]” from a political economy perspective and to explore its relevance for development practitioners. Kennedy proposes that a “vocabulary of arguments” is critical in shaping “expert knowledge,” which in turn informs “how problems are defined and narrow[s] the range of solutions considered.”  Clearly, knowledge from a range of disciplines is vital for analysis, process, instrument design, operational and policy implementation, and ultimately substantive outcomes. It is therefore relevant to explore how the new arguments advanced by proponents of a human rights lens contribute to enhancing expert knowledge in dealing with the challenge of climate change. This Article is not an advocacy piece. It is not seeking to be normative or prescriptive in recommending a human rights-based approach to developing climate change interventions. An impartial analysis of the arguments for and against linking climate change and human rights is provided and the reader is left to determine whether this approach has utility in tackling the climate change crisis.

    Edward Cameron, Human Rights and Climate Change: Moving from an Intrinsic to an Instrumental Approach, 38 Ga. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 673 (2010). Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.uga.edu/gjicl/vol38/iss3/9