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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Intergenerational Equity

Edith Brown Weiss

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 September 2020

Subject(s):
Customary international law — Intertemporal law — Equality before the law — Right to food — Water — Indigenous peoples — Nationality of individuals — Sustainable development — Equitable principles — Natural resources

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The principle of intergenerational equity states that every generation holds the Earth in common with members of the present generation and with other generations, past and future. The principle articulates a concept of fairness among generations in the use and conservation of the environment and its natural resources (see also Conservation of Natural Resources; Environment, International Protection). The principle is the foundation of sustainable development. It has also been applied to cultural resources and to economic and social problems. 2 The principle of...
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