From three initially possible themes, the work between the Region’s services (international and research), the CNRS and the MRSH, has led to the emergence of a choice that is already based on international actions within the framework of the Peace Forum and the MRSH’s interdisciplinary research system: Peace, environment and the rights of future generations.
Peace, environment and future generations rights
The figure of future generations, inscribed at the heart of the concept of sustainable development, makes it possible to carry out a Copernican revolution and to open the legal categories to the protection of the future.
The legal universe no longer revolves solely around the immediate relations between living human beings, but now extends to the protection of the environment, of the human condition, of humanity and of Nature.
This qualitative extension is also a temporal extension: it has become the duty of the law, in the continuity of all the sciences seized by the ecological paradigm, to question and protect the future of the future.
Numerous judicial advances are converging to strengthen the right of future generations. We are entering a new stage in the evolution of the effectiveness of this new type of right. It is therefore important not only to study it academically but also to accompany it in close collaboration with the judicial world (judges and lawyers) and in interface with civil society.
This theme is part of an activity already initiated at the 2017 Peace Forum entitled Acting Justly on Behalf of Future Generations and the Tony Oposa Moot Courts in which Norman students have already been involved on several occasions.