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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, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 09 May 2021

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 Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

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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