1st Edition

Ecological Systems Integrity Governance, law and human rights

Edited By Laura Westra, Janice Gray, Vasiliki Karageorgou Copyright 2015
    306 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    306 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.