1st Edition

Global Justice and Neoliberal Environmental Governance Ethics, Sustainable Development and International Co-Operation

By Chukwumerije Okereke Copyright 2008
    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book is an ethical critique of existing approaches to sustainable development and international environmental cooperation, providing a detailed and structured account of the tensions, normative shifts and contradictions that currently characterize it.

    With specific focus on three environmental regimes, the volume explores the way various notions of justice feature both implicitly and explicitly in the design of global environmental policies. In so doing, the dominant conceptions of justice that underpin key global environmental policies are identified and criticised on the basis of their compatibility with the normative essence of global sustainable development.

    Global Justice and Neoliberal Environmental Governance demonstrates that whilst moral norms inflict far greater impact in regime development than is currently acknowledged by orthodox approaches to regime analysis, the core polices remain rooted in two neo-liberal interpretations of justice which undermine the ability to achieve sustainable development and international justice.

    It will appeal to students and scholars of politics, philosophy, international relations, geography and law.


    1. Introduction

    Part one: Setting the scene

    2. Environmental Regimes: Medium for International Distributive Justice

    3. Ideas of Justice and Global Environmental Sustainability

    Part II Empirical Analysis of Three Regime Texts

    4. Managing a Global Commons: The United Nations Law of the Sea 

    5. The Global Waste Management Regime: The Basel Convention

    6. Protecting the Global Atmosphere: The United Nations Framework Convention on the Climate Change (UNFCCC)

    Part III Exposition and Normative Critique of Dominant Approaches

    7. Establishing the Core Ideas of Justice in the three MEAs

    8. A Critique of the Dominant Ideas of Justice in Relation to Sustainable Development

    9. Global Environmental Justice and Neoliberal Environmental Governance

    10. Conclusion


    Chukwumerije Okereke is a Senior Research Associate at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, UK.