Intergenerational Equity

  • Dinah Shelton
Conference paper
Part of the Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht book series (BEITRÄGE, volume 213)


The concept of international solidarity is usually invoked in reference to links across present-day affinities, but the allegiance of individuals and groups to their local community, State of nationality, ethnic group, religion, or the human species as a whole, probably pales in comparison with the strength of intergenerational family bonds. In most societies solidarity between generations is an expected part of family life and a part of the individual psychology of “self-transcendence”. In the private sphere this is reflected in the families’ care of the elderly, support for minor and adult children, and financial or other bail-outs of siblings and cousins. Succession and inheritance laws reflect a general human desire to transmit the benefits and accumulations of the present to existing and future descendants and collateral relatives.


Future Generation Distributive Justice Corrective Justice Present Generation Embryonic Stem Cell Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dinah Shelton
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  1. 1.Manatt/Ahn Professor of International LawThe George Washington University Law SchoolWashingtonUnited States

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