Collection : Future generations, Peace and the Environment
Edited by Émilie Gaillard and David M. Forman – Peter Lang
Drawing on the landmark 1993 Philippine Supreme Court case of Minors Oposa vs. Factoran, this book demonstrates how today and tomorrow legal actions can now be imagined and implemented on behalf of future generations.
The book explores the philosophical, legal, and scientific underpinnings for bringing the legal protection of the future into the courtroom. Several themes are developed: the entry into the nuclear era and the necessary protection of future generations, climate justice, the multiple ways of protecting the rights of Nature or the new ways of thinking made necessary in the era of the advent of transhumanist projects which could renew the legal question of the protection of the future human condition.
Is it possible to take legal action on behalf of future generations? If so, on what legal basis could this be done? Which scientific or legal fields have already been used successfully in this respect? Are there other bases on which such a lawsuit could be brought? Mass litigation and lawsuits on behalf of humanity to defend the future of the planet invoke future generations in ever increasing numbers.