Environmental harms exert a significant toll and pose substantial economic costs on societies around the world. Although such harms have been studied from both legal and social science perspectives, these disciplinary-specific approaches are not, on their own, fully able to address the complexity of these environmental challenges. Many legal approaches, for example, are limited by their inattention to the motivations behind environmental offences, whereas many social science approaches are hindered by an insufficient grounding in current legislative frameworks.
This edited collection constitutes a pioneering attempt to overcome these limitations by uniting legal and social science perspectives. Together, the book’s contributors forge an innovative socio-legal approach to more effectively respond to, and to prevent, environmental harms around the world. Integrating theoretical and empirical work, the book presents carefully selected illustrations of how legal and social science scholarship can be brought together to improve policies. The various chapters examine how a socio-legal approach can ultimately lead to a more comprehensive understanding of environmental harms, as well as to innovative and effective responses to such environmental offences.
PART I: CONCEPTUALISING A SOCIO-LEGAL APPROACH TO ENVIRONMENTAL HARMS 1. Forging a Socio-Legal Approach to Environmental Harms, Tiffany Bergin and Emanuela Orlando 2. Environmental Crimes and Harms: a Green Criminology Approach and Socio-legal Challenges, Nigel South 3. The EU and the Protection of the Environment through Criminal Law, Ludwig Kramer 4. Green Criminology and the Prevention of Ecological Destruction, Ruth E. McKie, Paul B. Stretesky, Michael J. Lynch and Michael A. Long 5. A Law and Economics Approach to Environmental Crime, Michael Faure PART II: ASSESSING THE LIMITATIONS OF CURRENT APPROACHES TO ENVIRONMENTAL HARMS 6. International Financial Institutions as Facilitators of Environmental Crimes, Dawn Rothe and Victoria E. Collins 7. Learning Lessons from Deepwater Disasters: Common Ground in Oil Exploration in Brazil and the US, Daniel Jacobs and Marcelo Varella 8. The Legal and Social Context of Wildlife Trafficking, Tanya Wyatt 9. Toxic Ships, Environmental Crimes, and the North-South Discourse, Jona Razzaque PART III: FORGING SOCIO-LEGAL SOLUTIONS TO ENVIRONMENTAL HARMS: LESSONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD 10. Determining the Public Interest in Environmental Enforcement, Sanctioning, and Prosecution, Anne Brosnan 11. Eco Crime and Green Activism, Reece Walters 12. The Criminalisation of the Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage, Ana Filipa Vrdoljak 13. Towards a Theoretical and Empirical Agenda on Environmental Harms, Tiffany Bergin and Emanuela Orlando
In an age of climate change, scarcity of resources, and the deployment of new technologies that put into question the very idea of the 'natural', this book series offers a cross-disciplinary, novel engagement with the connections between law and ecology. The fundamental challenge taken up by the series concerns the pressing need to interrogate and to re-imagine prevailing conceptions of legal responsibility, legal community and legal subjectivity, by embracing the wider recognition that human existence is materially embedded in living systems and shared with multiple networks of non-humans.
Encouraging cross-disciplinary engagement and reflection upon relevant empirical, policy and theoretical issues, the series pursues a thoroughgoing, radical and timely exploration of the multiple relationships between law, justice and ecology.