1st Edition

Ecological Systems Integrity
Governance, law and human rights

ISBN 9781138574878
Published October 12, 2017 by Routledge
306 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Environmental law and governance are the cornerstones of global efforts to conserve the environment, protect resources and ensure fair and equitable outcomes for all of the planet's inhabitants. This book presents a series of thought-provoking chapters which consider the place of governance and law in the defence against imminent and ongoing threats to ecological, social and cultural integrity. 

Written by an international team of both established and early-career scholars from various disciplines and backgrounds, the chapters cover the most pressing and contemporary issues in environmental law and governance. These include access and benefit-sharing; the right to food and water; climate change coping and adaptation; human rights; the rights of indigenous communities; public and environmental health; and many more. The book has a general focus on environmental governance and law in the European Union and offers points of comparison with Canada and North and South America.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Biological Integrity, Ecology and the Law 

1. Environmental and Ecological Concerns in Europe and North America Contrasted 

Laura Westra 

2. Access to Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge and the Fair Sharing of Benefits: The Way Forward in the EU 

Sandra Jen 

3.A Regional Alternative to the Ineffective Global Response to Biological Invasions: the Case of the European Union 

Donato Gualtieri 

4. Redefining the Relationship between CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) and the TRIPS Agreement: The First Step towards Confronting Biopiracy? 

Anastasia Fotinakopoulou  

5. The Emerging Right to Land in new Soft Law Instruments 

Margherita Brunori 

Part 2: The Right to Water and to Food – Climate Change 

6 Right to Water: Intersection between International and Constitutional Law 

Antonio D'Aloia 

7. Law and the Provision of Water for Megacities 

Joseph W. Dellapenna 

8. A Critique of Subsidies for Industrial Livestock Production in the EU and the US 

Constanz Frank Oster 

9. Promoting the Ecological Sustainability of Climate Change Related Investments through the Holistic Impact Assessment (HIA) 

Massimiliano Montini 

Part 3: Environmental Legal Issues in Europe and Beyond 

10. Evaluation and Development of Small Island Communities with Special Reference to Uninhabited Insular Areas 

Grigoris Tsaltas, Alexopoulos Aristotelis, Gerasimos Rodotheatos and Tilemachos  Bourtzis 

11. Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in the EU Legal Order: Is there a Need for a More Coherent and Harmonized Approach? 

Vasiliki (Vicky) Karageorgou 

12. Unconventional Gas Mining: what a Fracking Story! Policy, Regulation and Law 

Janice Gray 

13. Hidden and Indirect Effects of War and Political Violence 

Yuliya Lyamzina 

14. Commonly Unrecognized Benefits of a Human Rights Approach to Climate Change 

Benjamin A. Brown and Donald A. Brown  

15. Reconciliation and the Indian Residential School Settlement: Canada’s Coming of Age? 

Kathleen Mahoney 

Part 4: Democracy, Ecological Concerns and the Perils of Environmental Defence 

16. Public Health and Environmental Health Risk Assessment: Which Paradigm and in Whose Best Interests? 

Colin L. Soskolne 

17. Radical Changes in Canadian Democracy for Ecology and the "Public Good" 

Peter Venton 

18. Corporate Media, Ecological Challenges and Social Upheaval 

Rose A. Dyson 

19. A Complex Adaptive Legal System for the Challenges of the Anthropocene 

Geoffrey Garver 

20. Seeking Justice in a Land without Justice: The Application of Anti-Corruption Principles to Environmental Law 

Kathryn Gwiazdon 

21. Environmental Defenders: The Green Peaceful Resistance 

Susana Borràs and Antoni Pigrau 

22. Mind the Gap: State Governance and Ecological Integrity 

Klaus Bosselmann

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Laura Westra is professor emerita (philosophy), University of Windsor, Canada, a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Law, University of Milano (Bicocca), Italy, and visiting professor at the University of Trento, Italy. 

Janice Gray is senior lecturer at UNSW Law, University of New South Wales, Australia. 

Vasiliki (Vicky) Karageorgou is assistant professor in European Administrative and Environmental Law at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece.