What is
Future Justice?

Decisions taken by politicians today will have a major influence on the world of tomorrow. We seek to bring intergenerational justice and protection of long-term interests into the heart of policy-making.


Future Justice - Guardians for Future Generations   Future Justice - Moving beyond GDP   Future Justice - Crimes against Future Generations

Future Justice: Councillor Voices

“Future generations need institutional representation, yet intergenerational justice is strongly interwoven not only with environmental protection, but also with democracy and rule of law.”

Sándor Fülöp

“The environmental problem now facing humanity poses the most serious danger to mankind since the human race began… No legal system can claim to be adequate if it fails to provide … a basic mechanism for the protection of the rights of future citizens merely because they are not yet in existence.”

– Judge C.G. Weeramantry (d. 2017)

Seven Principles for Future Just Lawmaking

Future Justice means putting the values that are essential to our survival at the heart of every law, and every policy.

Guarding our Future

By appointing a legal representative, a Guardian that actively speaks up in the name of future generations, we can bring 21st century checks and balances to our political institutions.


‘Beyond GDP’ indicators are an advocacy tool to promote societal change including greater equality and higher levels of well-being.

Guardians for Future Generations


Why Guardians for Future Generations?

Proven, innovative, independent bodies, dedicated to enhance governance frameworks and processes, filling institutional gaps by actively advocating for long-term interests, helping to promote and implement intergenerational justice.

Through offering advice, recommendations, and analysis, these institutions have proven very effective in overcoming short-termism and policy incoherence plaguing the decisions of today, linking citizens with governments, and working as a catalyst for sustainable development implementation.

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Network of Institutions for Future Generations


Network of Institutions for Future Generations

The Future Justice Commission has helped to establish an independent institutions working for the long-term: the Network of Institutions for Future Generations aims to share knowledge, experience and good practice, creating a platform for innovative ideas on the institutional protection of future generations and their environment. The Network is composed of future oriented independent institutions from around the world, as recognised by the 2013 report of the UN Secretary-General ‘Intergenerational solidarity and the needs of future generations’.


Bringing Alternative Indicators into Policy


Beyond GDP

The WFC took part in the EU-funded Project alongside six partner organisations. The project aimed to assist the development of a new kind of economy that is more equitable, more sustainable and more effectively delivers human well-being through the use of ‘Beyond GDP indicators’.

Based on the findings, a number of recommendations were initiated to counter the widespread assumption that efficient markets and growth at all costs deliver the best results for humanity, the environment and our societies. These conclusions are discussed in our Final Report and in a shorter Summary and Recommendations document.

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Ending Crimes Against Future Generations


Crimes against Future Generations?

We recognise crimes against future generations as acts or threats of acts in the present that could cause serious, widespread and long-term harm to the health, safety, or survival of future generations. These acts or threats may consist of individual, family, social, political, military, economic, cultural or scientific activities.

Decades of pledges and statements on sustainable development have promised to balance current needs with the obligation to avoid impoverishing the future, yet the legal enforcement of these agreements is still very limited. By creating incentives, and by spreading best policy solutions, we hope that governments and companies will think differently about their sustainability obligations.

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