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1st Edition

Ecological Integrity, Law and Governance

ISBN 9780815394631
Published April 30, 2018 by Routledge
260 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Ecological integrity is concerned with protecting the planet in a holistic way, while respecting ethics and human rights. Over recent years it has been introduced directly and indirectly in several legal regimes, culminating in international law with the 2016 expanded remit of the International Criminal Court, which now includes "environmental disasters".

This book celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Global Ecological Integrity Group (GEIG), which includes more than 250 scholars and independent researchers worldwide, from diverse disciplines, including ecology, biology, philosophy, epidemiology, public health, ecological economics, and international law. It reviews the role of ecological integrity across a number of fields through inter- and trans-disciplinary engagement on matters affecting and governing the sustainability of life for both present and future generations. These include, ethics, environmental disasters, crimes against humanity and environmental health, and how such issues can be subject to sound governance and be incorporated into international law. The book also looks forward to new applications of the concept of ecological integrity, such as crimes that result in the exploitation of natural resources and the illegal dispossession of land.

Table of Contents


Laura Westra & Klaus Bosselmann


Part I – Ecological Integrity, Ethics and the Law

1. The State v. The Environment: The Ethical and Legal Implications for State Non-Action in Protecting the Foundations of Life

Kathryn A. Gwiazdon

2. Critical and Analytical Considerations on Climatic Ethics

Marco Ettore Grasso

3. Addressing Climate Change in a Digital Age

Rose A. Dyson

4. Funding Policy Choices: Tax and Global Financial Secrecy

Michelle Gallant

5. Bruno Latour on Ecology and Christian Religion

Philippe Crabbé


Part II – Public Health, Environmental Disasters and Crimes Against Humanity

6. Reforming Reparations for Mass Human Rights Abuses: A Canadian Model

Kathleen Mahoney

7. The Struggle over the Dakota Access Pipeline in the Context of Native American History

Joseph W. Dellapenna

8. Navigating Complexity, Promoting Health: Insights from the emergence of ‘Ecohealth’ and ‘One Health’

Colin L. Soskolne, Martin J. Bunch, Colin D. Butler and Margot W. Parkes

9. Trading Health: A Community Health Impact Assessment Perspective of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Robert Rattle and Laura Tomie

10. Indirect Health Effects Consequent to the Fukushima Nuclear Accident, March 11, 2011

Yuliya Lyamzina

11. Civil Society Preventing Environmental Disasters

Anne Venton

12. A Global Update on the Ambit of Unconventional Gas Mining-and an Alternative Framework for Mediating Energy Demands

Janice Gray


Part III – New Challenges to Global Governance

13. The Reactionary Turn in American Environmental Policy: The Trump Effect

Sheila D. Collins

14. Moving From Environmental Law to Ecological Law: Frameworks, Priorities and Strategies

Geoffrey Garver

15. Achieving Traction for Ethics in Environmental Policy-Making

Donald A. Brown

16. Planet Ocean and Marine Protected Areas: An Opportunity for Ecological Commons Governance

Prue Taylor


Part IV – The Future of Ecological Integrity

17. Towards World Federalism for International Peace and a Sustainable Environment

Peter Venton

18. A Utopian Democratic Revolution to Overcome Flawed Democracy and Ecological Catastrophe

Donato Bergandi

19. Can the Philanthropic Imperative Enhance International Health Care?

Paul Carrick

20. The Uses of Poetry to Effect Positive Climate-Change Policy

Joan Gibb Engel

21. Can the Earth Charter Movement Be Renewed? The Covenantal Promise of the Earth Charter Movement

J. Ronald Engel


Conclusion: The Ever-Increasing Importance of Ecological Integrity in International and National Law

Klaus Bosselmann

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Laura Westra is Professor Emerita (Philosophy) and Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Canada, and Visiting Professor, Faculty of Jurisprudence, University of Parma, Italy.

Klaus Bosselmann is Professor of Law and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law at the University of Auckland.

Janice Gray is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at The University of New South Wales, Australia.

Kathryn Gwiazdon is Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Ethics and Law, a US-based non-profit organization.