THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF INTERGENERATIONAL EQUITY: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS
Numerous questions of definition arise when seeking to concretize our duties towards future generations and turn them into legally binding principles such as when we talk about the future generations, exactly who are we referring to—individuals or the entire collective? What must we protect specifically if their interests are to be appropriately taken into account? Which principles should guide the actions we take today? These are the questions which the legal framework of the intergenerational equity seeks to address. The basis of the legal framework of the concept of intergenerational equity has been developed by Edith Brown Weiss in her book titled “In Fairness to Future Generations” (Weiss, 1988). This research paper will be based on her writings, but it will also include the ideas and thoughts of other research scholars as well. In order to respond to the aforementioned queries, it is necessary to first establish the identities of future generations as well as their position as legal subject and the rights that are intended for them. Following that, the principles raised, in work of Edith Brown Weiss concerning conservation of quality, options, and access will be discussed. And at the end, some common criticisms of the framework will be raised.