The seminar discusses dominant theories of global justice in contemporary international political theory which focus on natural resources – egalitarianism, basic needs approach, territorial rights approach, and human rights based approach. These conceptions are assessed in light of the system of rights to natural resources anchored in the international law system of state sovereignty and the international law regimes regulating resource extraction, conservation, and trade with natural resources. Special emphasis is put on United Nations and its various agencies and the ways they regulate natural resource use. The seminar aims at providing an analytical framework and a critical perspective for the assessment of various issues related to the use of natural resources in contemporary world – geopolitical, economic, distributive, and environmental. In the last part of the class students are expected to develop a case study focused on a specific case of contested use or a conflict over natural resources.
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Gilbert, Jeremie. Natural Resources and Human Rights. Oxford University Press, 2016.
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Risse, Mathias. Global Justice. Princeton University Press, 2012.
Schrijver, Nico. Sovereignty over Natural Resources. Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Singer, Peter. “One Atmosphere.” In S. Gardiner, S. Caney, D. Jamieson, H. Shue et al. (eds.), Climate Ethics. Essential Readings. Oxford University Press, 2002.
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Steiner, Hillel. “Sharing Mother Nature’s Gifts: A reply to Quong and Miller.” Journal of Political Philosophy 19, no. 1 (2011), 110-123.
Wenar, Leif. Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules That Run the World. Oxford University Press, 2016.