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Reflections On How We Live$
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Annette Baier

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570362.001.0001

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The Rights of Past and Future Persons

The Rights of Past and Future Persons

(p.1) 1 The Rights of Past and Future Persons
Reflections On How We Live

Annette C. Baier

Oxford University Press

This chapter talks about the legally recognized rights of past and future generations. It clarifies whether persons who protect the rights of future or past generations can be properly regarded as spokesmen or claimants of the rights in the present. The rights of past persons that are claimed by their recognized spokesmen are considered person-specific rights that will allow the practice of legally valid powers, while the rights in the present claimed for future persons will be general human rights.

Keywords:   future generations, past generations, spokesmen, claimants, person-specific rights, human rights

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