1st Edition

The Earth on Trial
Environmental Law on the International Stage

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ISBN 9780415919951
Published November 11, 1998 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

The Earth on Trial examines the degree to which the law has accommodated an increased understanding of the natural environment. Paul Stanton Kibel provides a clear assessment of what conceptual and practical changes are needed to reconcile law to the limits of ecology. By moving the debate between law and the environment beyond specialists, and towards a public forum, The Earth on Trial acknowledges that a healthy environmental future depends not so much on our ability to alter nature to accommodate society, as our ability to alter society to accommodate nature.



Paul Stanton Kibel is an environmental lawyer based in San Francsico, and teaches at Golden Gate University School of Law and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. His articles have appeared in many publications, including In These Times, UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, NYU Environmental Law Journal, and Georgetown International Environmental Law Review.


"Finally, a page-turner that makes international environmental law accessible. The Earth on Trial leads the reader toward nature-protecting strategies of growing significance

." -- Randall Hayes, Founder and President, Rainforest Action Network
"At the heart of The Earth on Trial is the assertion that there is a slowbut epochal shift toward enforceable obligations at the international level. Kibel is an original voice and speaks powerfully to the cumulative nature of contemporary ecology, economics, and diplomacy. Michael Watts, Director, Institute of International Studies University of California-Berkeley."
"Kibel has written a rich collection of informed reports from the front line of environmental law. The great strength of The Earth on Trial is its pointed interrogation of neo-liberalism and sovereignty as obstacles to more environmentally sustainable frameworks of law and governance. David Goodman, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz."