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Efficiency, Sustainability, and Justice to Future Generations

by Mathis, Klaus.
Authors: SpringerLink (Online service) Series: Law and Philosophy Library, 1572-4395 ; . 98 Physical details: XX, 240 p. online resource. ISBN: 9400718691 Subject(s): Law. | Law %Philosophy. | Climatic changes. | Environmental law. | Environmental economics. | Commercial law. | Law. | Law Theory/Law Philosophy. | Environmental Law/Policy/Ecojustice. | Law and Economics. | Climate Change. | Environmental Economics.
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Preface -- Authors -- Introduction -- Part I: Law and Economics -- Consequentialism in Law; Klaus Mathis -- Consequence-based Arguments in Legal Reasoning: a Jurisprudential Preface  to Law and Economics; Péter Cserne -- Is the Rationality of Judicial Judgements Jeopardized by Cognitive Biases and Empathy? Klaus Mathis and Fabian Diriwächter -- Part II: Law and Sustainability -- Our Responsibility towards Future Generations; Paolo Becchi -- Future Generations in John Rawls’ Theory of Justice; Klaus Mathis -- What Is It Like to Be Unborn? Our Common Fate with Future Generations; Malte-Christian Gruber -- Cultural Heritage Preservation and Socio-environmental Sustainability: Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Citizenship Milena Petters Melo -- Part III: Law, Economics, and Sustainability -- Discounting the Future? Cost-Benefit Analysis and Sustainability; Klaus Mathis -- A Critical Review of “Efficiency Ethics”: the Case of Climate Economics; Felix Ekardt -- Valuing the Invaluable? Valuation of Human Life in Cost-Efficiency Assessments of Regulatory Interventions; Balz Hammer.

Fifty years after the famous essay “The Problem of Social Cost” (1960) by the Nobel laureate Ronald Coase, Law and Economics seems to have become the lingua franca of American jurisprudence, and although its influence on European jurisprudence is only moderate by comparison, it has also gained popularity in Europe. A highly influential publication of a different nature was the Brundtland Report (1987), which extended the concept of sustainability from forestry to the whole of the economy and society. According to this report, development is sustainable when it “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. A key requirement of sustainable development is justice to future generations. It is still a matter of fact that the law as well as the theories of justice are generally restricted to the resolution of conflicts between contemporaries and between people living in the same country. This in turn raises a number of questions: what is the philosophical justification for intergenerational justice? What bearing does sustainability have on the efficiency principle? How do we put a policy of sustainability into practice, and what is the role of the law in doing so? The present volume is devoted to these questions. In Part One, “Law and Economics”, the role of economic analysis and efficiency in law is examined more closely. Part Two, “Law and Sustainability”, engages with the themes of sustainable development and justice to future generations. Finally, Part Three, “Law, Economics and Sustainability”, addresses the interrelationships between the different aspects.

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