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The Common Good and Ecological Integrity

Human Rights and the Support of Life, 1st Edition

Edited by Laura Westra, Janice Gray, Antonio D'Aloia


294 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Proponents of the concept of ecological integrity argue that it is a necessary component of global governance on which the sustainable future of the planet and its inhabitants depends. This book presents the latest research and current thinking on the role of ecological integrity in support of life on Earth and the importance of governance for the common good, or the benefit of all.

The book considers whether present forms of governance support the common good, or whether they are endangering its very foundations. It explores the connection between consumerism and capitalism, the destruction of natural resources and with it, the elimination of many of the ecosystem services that support life in general, and human life in particular. Chapters focus on the defence of human rights, and in particular the rights to key resources such as food, water and general health/wellbeing, as well as energy and security.

Topics covered include climate change, biodiversity, migration and conflict resolution, with approaches from various perspectives such as politics, ethics, sociology and law. Overall the book provides a stimulating insight into the multifaceted debates surrounding ecological integrity, global governance and sustainability.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Common Good and the June 18, 2015 Papal Encyclical

Laura Westra and Janice Gray

Part 1: The Common Good and the Right to Food and Water

1. Bioeconomy: A Challenge to Integrity?

Franz-Theo Gottwald

2. Soil as a Key to Food Security: Social Perception of Soil Erosion in the Czech Republic: A Case Study

Eva Cudlinová, Jan Vávra, Miloslav Lapka

3. Czech Water Footprint in the European Context

Tomáš Hák, Petra Nováková, Pavel Cudlín

4. Food Wars: Food, Intangible Cultural Heritage and International Trade

Valentina Vadi

5. The Right to Food Between Food Security and Food Sovereignty: Different Perspectives of the Battle Against GMOs

Mery Ciacci

6. Genetically Modified Crops and their Impact on the Environment: Creating a Win-Win for Science and Nature with a Deontological Legal Framework

Ngozi Stewart

7. The Water-Energy Nexus: The Role of Water Law

Joseph W. Dellapenna

Part 2: The Common Good, Climate Change and the Right to Health

8. Lessons Learned From Climate Change on the Need to Fix Responsibility in Governments, Scientific Environmental Organizations, and Environmental NGOs for Applied Ethical Analyses

Donald A. Brown

9. Climate Change Challenges in Law and Ethics: Can Individual and Collective Rights be Protected?

Kathleen Mahoney

10. David vs. Goliath: Voluntary Professional Societies of Epidemiology and the Industrial Juggernaut

Colin L. Soskolne

11. Some Considerations on the Role of the Security Council in Facing the Ebola Outbreak

Sabrina Urbinati

12. Human Security in Conflict and Disaster: Ukraine at War

John Quinn, Tomas Zeleny and Vladimir Bencko

Part 3: The Common Good and Democracy for Environmental Governance

13. War, Militarism and Climate Change: Time to Connect the Dots

Sheila D. Collins

14. The Canadian Government’s Anti-Democratic Attack on Asylum Seekers

Anne Venton

15. Climate Induced Migration: What Legal Protection for Climate Migrants at the International Level?

Francesca Mussi

16. Democratic Capitalism for Realizing the Earth Charter Vision

Peter Venton

17. Constitution and Future Generations: A New Challenge for Law’s Theory

Antonio d’Aloia

18. The Need for a New Regulatory Approach for the Promotion of Ecological Sustainability

Massimiliano Montini and Francesca Volpe

19. Migration with Dignity for Climate Justice: The Situation of Small Island Developing States

Susana Borràs

20. Weapons of Mass Distraction

Rose A. Dyson

Conclusion: Governing the Commons: Can States Be Trustees?

Klaus Bosselmann

About the Editors

Laura Westra is Professor Emerita (Philosophy), University of Windsor, Canada, and Sessional Instructor at the Faculty of Law, University of Milano (Bicocca), Italy.

Janice Gray is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and an Affiliate of the Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre at University of New South Wales, Australia. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, and Queen Mary University of London, UK.

Antonio D'Aloia is Professor of Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Parma, Italy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / General