RSSIssue 23.3

Briefly Noted

| September 2009
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This section contains a round-up of recent notable books in the field of international affairs.

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The Right to Relocation: Disappearing Island Nations and Common Ownership of the Earth

| September 2009
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Risse is concerned with humanity’s common ownership of the earth, which has implications for a range of global problems. In particular, it helps illuminate the moral claims to international aid of small island nations whose existence is threatened by global climate change–such as Kiribati.

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Justice and the Convention on Biological Diversity

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By legislating for a system of justice-in-exchange covering nonhuman biological resources in preference to a free-for-all situation, the Convention on Biological Diversity provides a small step forward in redressing the distributive justice balance.

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Treaty Norms and Climate Change Mitigation

| September 2009
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UNFCCC norms tightly constrain the range of acceptable agreements for the distribution of burdens to mitigate climate change, restricting us to two viable guiding principles: the equitable distribution of responsibilities and the right to development. Both principles place much heavier mitigation burdens on industrialized countries.

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