1st Edition

Ecological Integrity, Law and Governance

    260 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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.