Rights-Based Perspectives in the International Negotiations on Climate Change

Lavanya Rajamani.
CPR Working Paper 2010/1
November 2010.

It is axiomatic that the climate impacts documented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are likely to undermine the realization of a range of protected human rights. Yet it is only in the recent past that an explicit human rights approach has been brought to bear on the climate change problematic. Scholars and human rights bodies have begun to advocate a human rights-centred approach to climate change - an approach which would place the individual at the centre of inquiry, and draw attention to the impact that climate change could have on the realization of a range of human rights. This article focuses on the human rights claims raised in the climate negotiations, the implications these claims may have and the interests they may serve.

Lavanya Rajamani is Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.

A Disclosure-based Approach to Climate Change in India? Early Lessons from Business Regulation

Bharath Jairaj.
CPR Working Paper 2010/2
November 2010.

This paper argues that as a step towards improving Indian corporate response to climate change, it is worth exploring an appropriate disclosure-based regulation system. It sets out reasons why Indian companies need to improve their responses to climate change; and compares and contrasts disclosure-based regulation with other traditional models of regulation (command-and-control or market-based) in terms of their approach, strengths and weaknesses, based on its implementation in different parts of the world.

Bharath Jairaj is Senior Associate, World Resources Institute, Washington D.C.