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The Search for Environmental Justice

Edited by Paul Martin, Professor, University of New England, Armidale NSW, Australia, Sadeq Z. Bigdeli, Senior Lecturer and Trevor Daya-Winterbottom, Senior Lecturer, University of Waikato, New Zealand, Willemien du Plessis, Professor, North-West University, South Africa and Amanda Kennedy, Associate Professor, University of New England, Armidale NSW, Australia
This is an extended and remarkable excursus into the evolving concept of environmental justice. This key book provides an overview of the major developments in the theory and practice of environmental justice and illustrates the direction of the evolution of rights of nature. The work exposes the diverse meanings and practical uses of the concept of environmental justice in different jurisdictions, and their implications for the law, society and the environment.
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This thoughtful book provides an overview of the major developments in the theory and practice of ‘environmental justice’. It illustrates the direction of the evolution of rights of nature and exposes the diverse meanings and practical uses of the concept of environmental justice in different jurisdictions, and their implications for the law, society and the environment.

The term 'environmental justice' has different meanings to different scholars and is applied in many different contexts. For some, the focus is on equal distribution of the earth’s benefits, with concern for the interests of the less wealthy, disadvantaged minorities, or indigenous peoples. For others, the focus is on the interests of the earth and nature itself. Additionally, for some, environmental justice is a framework for discourse, whilst for others it connotes specific legal principles and procedures. The application of these interpretations through the law involves diverse approaches and rules. In this timely book, expert contributors identify the meanings and the practical translations of environmental justice, reflecting the perspectives of academic, judicial and indigenous people from many countries. Among the issues considered are the rights of nature and its application through judicial practice, and approaches to respecting the laws, cultures and the rights of Indigenous peoples.

This integrated exploration of the topic will provide an excellent resource for scholars, judicial officers and practitioners interested in environmental and social justice issues.

‘This is an extended and remarkable excursus into the evolving concept of environmental justice. The Editors have woven several nuggets from various scholars and jurisdictions into an impressive mosaic that will resonate for a long time in this nascent literature. The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law is emerging as an important facilitator of conceptual norms of international environmental law and justice. The welcome drift in the direction of “environmental justice” is so compelling that the UNEP Governing Council has recently adopted the first internationally negotiated document to establish the supportive “environmental rule of law.” As a player in the important jurisprudence from South Asia on environmental justice, I stand in reverential awe of this tour de force of experiences in other regions toward the promotion of good environmental governance and environmental social justice.’
– Parvez Hassan, Hassan and Hassan (Advocates), Pakistan

‘This book makes a very useful contribution to the literature on environmental justice through a series of varied, diverse and distinct contributions that map different areas of this multi-faceted topic. The diverse positions advocated reflect the difficult challenges ahead towards ensuring environmental protection in an equitable and just manner at the national and international levels.’
– Philippe Cullet?, SOAS, University of London, UK
Contributors: J. Aseron, S.Z. Bigdeli, K. Bosselmann, C. Chaulk, J.I. Colón-Ríos, D. Craig, T. Daya-Winterbottom, W. Du Plessis, B. France-Hudson, E. Gachenga, S. Glazebrook, L. Godden, N. Greymorning, R. Karky, A. Keene, A. Kennedy, J. Khatarina, P. Martin, E. O’Connell, M. Perry, W. Phromlah, B.J. Preston, V. Rive, J.G. Rose, M.A. Santosa, A.S. Suwana, A. Telesetsky, J. Williams

Contents:

1. The Search for Environmental Justice
Paul Martin, Sadeq Z. Bigdeli, Trevor Daya-Winterbottom, Willemien Du Plessis and Amanda Kennedy

PART I FRAMING THE SEARCH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
2. The Effectiveness of the Law in Providing Access to Environmental Justice: an Introduction
The Hon. Justice Brian J. Preston SC

3. The Rule of Law in the Anthropocene
Klaus Bosselmann

4. Biodiversity Justice in a Climate Change World: Offsetting the Future
Lee Godden and Emily O’Connell

PART II RIGHTS-BASED CONCEPTUALISATIONS
5. Human Rights and the Environment
Justice Susan Glazebrook

6. No Private Property Rights in the Atmosphere
Ben France-Hudson

7. On the Theory and Practice of the Rights of Nature
Joel I. Colón-Ríos

PART III IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGES OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
8. REDD+ Implementation in Thailand – Legal and Institutional Challenges
Wanida Phromlah and Paul Martin

9. Indonesia REDD+: Beyond Carbon, More Than Just Forest
Mas Achmad Santosa, Josi Khatarina and Aldilla Stephanie Suwana

10. Consensus Federalism and Freshwater Regulation
Amelia Keene

11. International Environmental Governance in the Pacific Island Region
Justin Gregory Rose

12. Safe Harbours, Closed Borders? New Zealand Legal and Policy Responses to Climate Displacement in the South Pacific
Vernon Rive

13. Overcoming Climate Inertia with Unilateral Action on Black Carbon
Anastasia Telesetsky

14. Is There Relief For Transnational Harm?
Christopher Chaulk

15. The Australian Biotechnology Regulatory Framework: Issues Concerning Adventitious Presence (AP), Co-existence, Liability and Coherence
Ramesh Karky and Mark Perry

PART IV RECOGNITION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ INTERESTS
16. Customary Law Systems for Water Governance in Kenya
Elizabeth Gachenga

17. Legal Strategies to expand Indigenous Governance in Climate Change Adaptation
Donna Craig

18. Inclusive Practices, Innovative Collaboration, Governance and Recognising Cultural Capital: Environmental Law Through a Cultural Lens
Johhnie Aseron, Neyooxet Greymorning and Jacqueline Williams

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