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Environmental Rights offers new perspectives on contemporary debates over rights and environmental issues. It draws on key theories of contemporary philosophers and jurists and case reports from decisions in English, European and US courts. It also examines recent developments within environmental law and policy in the UK and the EU. Specific rights of the individual are examined - the right to clean air and water, access to information, the right to participate in environmental decisions - as well as the practical obstacles to the exercising of these rights.
Revised and updated throughout, this unique anthology examines global environmental politics from a range of perspectives—contemporary and classic, activist and scholarly—and reflects voices of the powerless and powerful. Paradigms of sustainability, environmental security, and ecological justice illustrate the many ways environmental problems and their solutions are framed in contemporary international debates about climate, water, forests, toxics, energy, food, biodiversity, and other environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. Organized thematically, the selections offer a truly global scope. Seventeen new readings discuss climate justice, environmental peacebuilding, globalization, land grabs, corporate environmentalism, climate adaptation, gender, disaster risk, resilience, and the future of global environmental politics in the wake of the “Rio+20” global summit of 2012.This book stresses the underlying questions of power, interests, authority, and legitimacy that shape environmental debates, and it provides readers with a global range of perspectives on the critical challenges facing the planet and its people.
This collection evaluates the crisis of confidence in human rights which underpins understandings of just decision making and liberal democracy.
This book examines the changing relationship between disability and the law, addressing the intersection of human rights principles, human rights law, domestic law and the experience of people with disabilities. Drawn from the global experience of scholars and activists in a number of jurisdictions and legal systems, the core human rights principles of dignity, equality and inclusion and participation are analyzed within a framework of critical disability legal scholarship.
In this dissertation, I examine how India has addressed the question of environmental human rights in the context of three green issues on water rights, forest conservation and air pollution. The dominant disciplinary frameworks on environmental human rights focus on effective compliance with international norms in domestic legal order. They see the internalization of human rights through the adaptation of a set of parallel global standards. Law and Society scholarship argues that acceptance of uniform application of rights masks the interrelationship between international human rights law and local normative orders. I study the process through which environmental human rights claims are incorporated in domestic legal cultures. Taking a socio-legal approach to the historical development of environmental rights in India, I offer some insights about the nature of legal pluralism in a postcolonial context.
This book shows why a fundamental right to an adequate environment ought to be provided in the constitution of any modern democratic state. It explains why the right to an environment adequate for one's health and well-being is a genuine human right and why it ought to be constitutionalised.
In Democracy and the Claims of Nature, the leading thinkers in the fields of environmental, political, and social theory come together to discuss the tensions and sympathies of democratic ideals and environmental values. The prominent contributors reflect upon where we stand in our understanding of the relationship between democracy and the claims of nature. Democracy and the Claims of Nature bridges the gap between the often competing ideals of the two fields, leading to a greater understanding of each for the other.