Greening international law /
edited by Philippe Sands.
London : Earthscan Publications, 1993.
xxvi, 260 p. ; 24 cm.
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London : Earthscan Publications, 1993.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This collection of 15 informative essays illustrates the promise and pitfalls of a legalistic approach to the problem of global ecocide. The authors discuss a number of innovative and challenging legal ideas on key aspects of the problem, namely on the introduction of new technology (precautionary principle), judicial defense of the global commons (legal guardians), and the financing of cleanup (global pollution taxes). Yet the analysis is divorced from any understanding of the roots of the problem in global political economy. Why would governments, who are among the major causes of environmental destruction, want to condemn and restrict themselves with a comprehensive legal regime having teeth? Is it any wonder that the Rio Conference was guilty of backsliding from its Stockholm predecessor, as some of the authors lament? The volume, by default, proves that the greening of international law will do little to reverse the browning of the earth unless the issue of power is realistically tackled. Five appendixes (Stockholm and Rio Declarations, Climate Change and Biodiversity Conventions, and chapters 38-39 of agenda 21) make the volume useful for library collections. Recommended for all levels. D. Kowalewski; Alfred University
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"Global environmental problems demand global, cooperative solutions. That means rethinking international law. Building on their formidable international experience, Philippe Sands and his colleagues have launched us into that rethink" : Professor David Pearce, author of Blueprint for a Green Economy "..the delights of this book are its readability and topicality... recommended reading for international lawyers and environmental scientists alike" : Environmental Politics
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Main Description
Environmental problems do not respect international boundaries; they affect the entire globe, and dealing with them is a matter for international political negotiation, law and institutions.Greening International Law assesses the extent to which the international community has so far adapted to address environmental problems, and examines the fundamental changes needed to the structure and organisation of the legal system and its institutions. The contributors to this volume have all played a central role in the development of international environmental law over the past decade, and their essays will be of interest to all those professionally, academically or individually concerned with the resolution of environmental problems.
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Leading experts show how international law and legal institutions need to develop to deal with emerging environmental issues.

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