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Confronting Ecological and Economic Collapse

Ecological Integrity for Law, Policy and Human Rights

Edited by Laura Westra, Prue Taylor, Agnès Michelot

Routledge – 2013 – 344 pages

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Description

From the first appearance of the term in law in the Clean Water Act of 1972 (US), ecological integrity has been debated by a wide range of researchers, including biologists, ecologists, philosophers, legal scholars, doctors and epidemiologists, whose joint interest was the study and understanding of ecological/biological integrity from various standpoints and disciplines. This volume discusses the need for ecological integrity as a major guiding principle in a variety of policy areas, to counter the present ecological and economic crises with their multiple effects on human rights.

The book celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Global Ecological Integrity Group and reassesses the basic concept of ecological integrity in order to show how a future beyond catastrophe and disaster is in fact possible, but only if civil society and ultimately legal regimes acknowledge the necessity to consider ecointegrity as a primary factor in decision-making. This is key to the support of basic rights to clean air and water, for halting climate change, and also the basic rights of women and indigenous people. As the authors clearly show, all these rights ultimately depend upon accepting policies that acknowledge the pivotal role of ecological integrity.

Contents

Foreword

Peter Brown

Introduction

Laura Westra

Part 1: The Role and History of Integrity (From Grave Problems to Possible Reversals)

Introduction

Laura Westra

1. Why the Global Ecological Integrity Group? The Rise, Decline and Rediscovery of a Radical Concept

Jack Manno

2. Environmental Norms in the Courtroom: The Case of Ecological Integrity in Canada’s National Parks

Shaun Fluker

3. The Future of the Common Heritage of Mankind: Intersections with the Public Trust Doctrine

Prue Taylor

4. The Exploitation of Genetic Resources in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

Tullio Scovazzi

5. Ecological Integrity in European Law?

Agnes Michelot

Part 2: Ecological Integrity and Basic Rights: The Interface

Introduction

Agnes Michelot

6. Lessons Learned From the Climate Change Disinformation Campaign About Responsible Scientific Skepticism

Don Brown

7. Granting Development consent by specific legislative act: Choice to circumvent public participation and judicial control? The European Perspective

Vicky Karageorgou

8. The Principles of Integration and Interrelationships in International Law related to Sustainable Development: Sobering Lessons from EU Law

Owen McIntyre

9. Thinking about the Future of Global Water Governance

Joe Dellapenna

10. How the UN Agencies contribute to the needs of the world. Focus on Gender

Yuliya Lyamzina

Part 3: From Disintegrity to Ethical Concern: Cases and Issues

Introduction

Prue Taylor

11. Key actors of the red sludge disaster in Hungary

Janos Toth

12. Dollars and Dreams: Legal Aspirations and Report Cards in the Murray Darling Basin of Australia

Janice Gray

Part 4: Integrity and the Economy

Introduction

Prue Taylor

13. How Regulation of Finance Got it Wrong and How it Still Does

Giovanni Ferri

14. Enhancing Global Regulation: Exploring Alternative Financial Machinery

Michelle Gallant

15. Moving Forward with Planetary Boundaries and Degrowth

Geoff Garver

16. The virtuous circle of Degrowth and Ecological Debt: a new paradigm for Public International Law?

Noémie Candiago

17. Tobacco Wars, Analogies and Standards of Review in International Investment Arbitration

Valentina Vadi

Part 5: Moving Forward: New Approaches & Concluding Thoughts

Introduction Beyond Collapse: Claiming the Holistic Integrity of Planet Earth

J. Ronald Engel

18. The Project of Earth Democracy

Peter Burdon

19. Dreaming the Universe: Contending Stories of Our Place in the Cosmos

Joan Gibb Engel

20. Occupy Wall Street: The History and Potential of a Movement to Make a New World Possible

Sheila Collins

21. Confronting Ecological and Economic Collapse: Ecological Integrity for Law, Policy and Human Rights: The Legacy of Rio+20; Saving the Commons from the Market

Klaus Bosselmann

22. Confronting Collapse: Human Cognition and the Challenge for Economics

William Rees

Index

Author Bio

Laura Westra is Professor Emerita (Philosophy) and Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Canada, and Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Law, University of Milano (Bicocca), Italy. She is the author, editor or co-editor of 29 books, many on ecological integrity, five of which are published by Earthscan/Routledge.

Prue Taylor is Deputy Director, New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law and Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Agnès Michelot is Maître de conférences HDR en droit public and co-director of the Center of Juridical and Political Studies (CEJEP) at the Université de La Rochelle, France.

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Description: Edited by Laura Westra, Prue Taylor, Agnès Michelot. From the first appearance of the term in law in the Clean Water Act of 1972 (US), ecological integrity has been debated by a wide range of researchers, including biologists, ecologists, philosophers, legal scholars, doctors and epidemiologists, whose...
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