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Ecological Systems Integrity

Governance, law and human rights, 1st Edition

Edited by Laura Westra, Janice Gray, Vasiliki Karageorgou


306 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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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

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection