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Justice Definitions

Distributive justice concerns the fair, just, or equitable distribution of benefits and burdens, responsibilities and entitlements between groups of people or between nations.

Intergenerational justice concerns the fair, just, or equitable distribution of benefits and burdens, responsibilities and entitlements between generations.

Both of these conceptions of justice focus on the rights people have, and what they owe to those whom they have harmed or could harm.

Ecological justice concerns the protection of the natural world, or doing justice to species and to ecosystems.