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Environmental Law Program Director David Forman.

A celebration launch honoring the book Legal Actions for Future Generations, written by Environmental Law Program Director David M. Forman, along with primary co-editor Professor Emilie Gaillard from France, will be hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law on Wednesday, February 24, 4–5 p.m. via Zoom. Participants can join the celebration online, no RSVP is required.

The volume looks at legal along with scientific, sociological and philosophical developments impacting unborn future generations. The book includes chapters contributed by highly regarded established, as well as emerging, authors who explore both global successes and failures.

The book is inspired by the landmark 1993 Minors Oposa vs Factoran case decided by the Philippine Supreme Court, which heralded a new era of advocacy that builds upon ancient philosophical roots.

Among other things, the book considers the nuclear industry, climate change, rights of nature, the movement towards a human right to the environment and transhumanism (or artificial intelligence).

Forman said he was proud to be invited to participate as a member of the “comité scientifique” for the international symposium that led to this book, building upon Gaillard’s doctoral dissertation on the rights of future generations—which received the Charles Dupin Prize from the French Academy of Political and Moral Sciences.

A 30% discount for the book will run February 23–March 24. Orders may be sent to using the code DF30.

For more information, see the UH law school website.

This work is an example of UH Mānoa’s goal of Excellence in Research: Advancing the Research and Creative Work Enterprise (PDF), one of four goals identified in the 2015–25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020.

–By Beverly Creamer

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