The Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence “Ways to Legal­ly Imple­ment Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice”, Lis­bon, 27th and 28th of May, 2010

Inter­gen­er­a­tional jus­tice is becom­ing one of the cen­tral issues of our time. The dra­mat­ic changes in the demo­graph­ic com­po­si­tion of many devel­oped coun­tries and ques­tions of what jus­tice requires between old­er, younger, and future gen­er­a­tions are increas­ing­ly recog­nised along­side more tra­di­tion­al con­sid­er­a­tions of social jus­tice. Present gen­er­a­tions ought to take respon­si­bil­i­ty for the far-reach­ing con­se­quences of human actions.
Con­se­qu06_marisareisent­ly, it is urgent­ly required to legal­ly recog­nise inter­gen­er­a­tional prin­ci­ples and, above all, to cre­ate an archi­tec­ture with enforce­abil­i­ty through which the rights of future gen­er­a­tions can be made effec­tive. Marisa dos Reis is a research fel­low and edi­tor at the Foun­da­tion for the Rights of Future Gen­er­a­tions since Sep­tem­ber 2009. She con­ceived of organ­is­ing an inter­na­tion­al con­fer­ence in Lis­bon on the top­ic inter­gen­er­a­tional jus­tice and law cou­pled with an issue of the IGJR. FRFG strong­ly encour­aged this sug­ges­tion. Begin­ning in Decem­ber 2009, she was in charge of man­ag­ing all aspects of the Con­fer­ence and prepar­ing for the pub­li­ca­tion of con­fer­ence mate­ri­als.

In the course of this project, impor­tant part­ner­ships were forged with the World Future Coun­cil, the Por­tuguese Soci­ety of Inter­na­tion­al Law, the Por­tuguese Asso­ci­a­tion for the Unit­ed Nations and the Jacques Delors Euro­pean Infor­ma­tion Cen­tre. Her work at FRFG has been finan­cial­ly sup­port­ed by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion. The con­fer­ence was held on the 27th and 28th of May, 2010 at the Foun­da­tion Calouste Gul­benkian and it was spon­sored by Caixa Ger­al de Depósi­tos, Foun­da­tion Calouste Gul­benkian, Trib­al DDB, DDB and Olis­sipo Mar­quês de Sá Hotel.








Left: Clotilde Pes­tana, Direc­tor of  Jacques Delors Euro­pean Infor­ma­tion Cen­tre

Right: Clos­ing Event of the Con­fer­ence (from left to right: Prof. Almei­da Ribeiro, Dr. Maja Göpel, Prof. Mar­ques Guedes and Prof. Jörg Trem­mel)   


For more detailed infor­ma­tion con­cern­ing the event, you can still con­sult its web­site Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, speak­ers approached sev­er­al ways of imple­ment­ing prin­ci­ples of inter­gen­er­a­tional jus­tice prin­ci­ples via inter­na­tion­al law, Euro­pean law and at the nation­al lev­el. In the course of debate and con­ver­sa­tion between our speak­ers and par­tic­i­pants, obsta­cles were described with unprece­dent­ed clar­i­ty and long­stand­ing intu­itions were chal­lenged. Fur­ther­more, inno­v­a­tive solu­tions were for­mu­lat­ed and a path was set for ongo­ing con­sid­er­a­tion of inter­gen­er­a­tional jus­tice and the law. In fact, a new col­lo­qui­um organ­ised by the Uni­ver­si­ties of Ver­sailles and Poitiers on the legal respon­si­bil­i­ty towards future gen­er­a­tions will take place on Decem­ber 10th to the 13th 2010 in France. Prof. Jean-Paul Markus, one of its organ­is­ers, attend­ed our Con­fer­ence and sug­gest­ed the cre­ation of link between these events, which is very much wel­comed. as such, we deeply encour­age our read­ers to attend this event and to con­sult its web­sites or for fur­ther infor­ma­tion.