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Is there a universal human right to electricity?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Ethics.
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Human Rights, ISSN 1364-2987, E-ISSN 1744-053XArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article considers three answers to the question whether electricity access should be a universal human right. A first position is that there is no human right to electricity but perhaps contractual rights related to various societies. A second position is that electricity is a derived human right, a right based on other rights, grounded on rights such as the right to adequate housing. A third position is that there is a universal human right to electricity. It is argued that the second position is the strongest since it supports the idea that humans often need access to electricity but avoids the stronger claim that all humans must have this access. The latter claim faces the challenge that rights language should focus on the needs of humans and not be extended too far to include everything that could be beneficial for humans. Such an extension might diminish the attention on the actual aim of human rights: That all humans should have a good enough life.

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Taylor & Francis, 2019.
Keywords [en]
Human rights, electricity, energy, contractual rights, needs
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Ethics
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Ethics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-393350DOI: 10.1080/13642987.2019.1671355OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-393350DiVA, id: diva2:1352795
Available from: 2019-09-19 Created: 2019-09-19 Last updated: 2019-10-02Bibliographically approved

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