Ecological Approaches to Environmental Law


Ecological Approaches to Environmental Law

9781785362668 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Klaus Bosselmann, Professor of Law and Director and Prue Taylor, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning and Deputy Director, New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Publication Date: 2017 ISBN: 978 1 78536 266 8 Extent: 1008 pp
This research collection offers a comprehensive investigation into ecological approaches into environmental law. It brings together a kaleidoscope of different articles to examine the critique of environmental law, the ethical dimensions, and methodology before exploring the key issues focusing on rights and responsibilities, property and the commons, governance and constitutionalism. It also presents work that looks into the theory of Earth Jurisprudence. Together with an original introduction, this collection is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in ecological approaches to environmental law.

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36 articles, dating from 1949 to 2015
Contributors include: D. Boyd, A. Boyle, C. Cullinan, S. Gaines, L. Kotzé, R. Lazarus, A. Leopold, H. Rolston II, M. Sagoff, C. Stone


Research Review Klaus Bosselmann and Prue Taylor

A Critique of Environmental Law
1. Bruce Pardy (2005), ‘In Search of the Holy Grail in Environmental Law: A Rule to Solve the Problem’, McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, 1 (1), Spring, 29–57

2. Richard J. Lazurus (2005), ‘Human Nature, The Laws of Nature, and the Nature of Environmental Law’, Virginia Environmental Law Journal, 24,

3. Staffan Westerlund (2008), ‘Theory for Sustainable Development. For or Against’, in Hans–Christian Bugge and Christina Voigt (eds), Sustainable Development in International and National Law, Chapter 1.3, Groningen, the Netherlands: Europa Law Publishing, 49–66

4. Klaus Bosselmann (2010), ‘Losing the Forest for the Trees: Environmental Reductionism in the Law’, Sustainability, 2 (8), 2424–48

5. Sanford E. Gaines (2014), ‘Reimagining Environmental Law for the 21st Century’, Environmental Law Reporter, 44 (3), 10188–215

B Ethical Dimensions
6. Aldo Leopold (1949), ‘The Land Ethic’, in A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 201–26

7. Holmes Rolston II (1975), ‘Is There an Ecological Ethic?’, Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy, 18 (2), January, 93–109

8. Christopher D. Stone (1972), ‘Should Trees Have Standing? – Towards Legal Rights for Natural Objects’, Southern California Law Review, 45, 450–501

9. Arne Naess (1973), ‘The Shallow and the Deep, Long–Range Ecology Movement. A Summary’, Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, 16 (1–4), 95–100

10. Mark Sagoff (1981), ‘At the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima or Why Political Questions Are Not All Economic’, Arizona Law Review, 23, 1283–98

11. Laura Westra (1998), ‘Living with Integrity: The Problems and The Promise’, in Living in Integrity: A Global Ethic to Restore a Fragmented Earth, Chapter 1, Lanham, Maryland, USA and Oxford, UK: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 3–22

12. John Ronald Engel (2011), ‘Soil Ethics and Global Ethics’, in Encyclopaedia of Soil Science, Chapter 1, London, UK: Taylor and Francis, 1–7

C Methodology
13. Gunther Teubner and Lindsay Farmer (1994), ‘Ecological Self-Organization’, in Gunther Teubner, Lindsay Farmer and Declan Murphy (eds), Environmental Law and Ecological Responsibility: The Concept and Practice of Ecological Self-Organization, Chapter 1, Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 3–13

14. Massimiliano Montini (2014), ‘Revising International Environmental Law through the Paradigm of Ecological Sustainability’ in Federico Lenzerini and Ana Filipa Vrdoljak (eds), International Law for Common Goods, Normative Perspectives on Human Rights, Culture and Nature, Chapter 13, Oxford, UK and Portland, OR, USA: Hart Publishing, 271–87

15. Andreas Philippopoulos–Mihalopoulos (2011), ‘Towards a Critical Environmental Law’, in Law and Ecology: New Environmental Foundations, Chapter 2, London, UK: Routledge, 18–38

D Earth Jurisprudence
16. Thomas Berry (1999), ‘The Earth Story’, in The Great Work: Our Way Into The Future, Chapter 3, NY, USA: Random House/Bell Tower, 21–32

17. Cormac Cullinan (2010), ‘Earth Jurisprudence: From Colonization to Participation’, in Worldwatch Institute (ed.) State of the World: Transforming Cultures From Consumerism to Sustainability, NY, USA and London, UK: W.W.Norton & Company, 143–48

18. Anne Schimoller and Alessandro Pellizon (2013), ‘Mapping the Terrain of Earth Jurisprudence: Landscape, Threshold and Horizons’, Environmental and Earth Law Journal, III (1), 1–32

19. Peter Burdon (2013), ‘The Earth Community and Ecological Jurisprudence’, Oñati Socio Legal Series, 3 (5), 815–37

20. Samuel Alexander (2010), ‘Earth Jurisprudence and the Ecological Case for Degrowth’, Journal Jurisprudence, 131–48

A Rights and Responsibilities
21. Bridget Lewis (2012), ‘Environmental Rights or a Right to the Environment? Exploring the Nexus between Human Rights and Environmental Protection’, Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law, 8 (1), 36–47

22. Prudence E. Taylor (1998), ‘From Environmental to Ecological Rights: A New Dynamic in International Law?’, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, 10 (2), 309–97

23. Anna Grear (2011), ‘The Vulnerable Living Order: Human Rights and the Environment in a Critical and Philosophical Perspective’, Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, 2 (1), March, 23–44

24. Alan Boyle (2007), ‘Human Rights or Environmental Rights? A Reassessment’, Fordham Environmental Law Review, XVIII, 471–511

B Property and the Commons
25. Prue Taylor and David Grinlinton (2011), ‘Property Rights and Sustainability: Toward a New Vision of Property’, in Property Rights and Sustainability: The Evolution of Property Rights to Meet Ecological Challenges, Chapter 1, Leiden, the Netherlands: Matinus Nijhoff, 1–20

26. Peter Burdon (2015), ‘Private Property Revisited‘, in Earth Jurisprudence: Private Property and the Environment’, Chapter 5, Abingdon, UK and NY, USA: Routledge, 101–34

27. Gerhard Scherhorn (2012), ‘Transforming Global Resources into Commons’, in David Bollier and Silke Helfrich (eds), The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Markets, Amherst, MA, USA: Leveller Press, 395–401

28. Joseph L. Sax (1970), ‘The Public Trust Doctrine in Natural Resource Law: Effective Judicial Intervention’, Michigan Law Review, 68, 473–566

C Governance
29. Polly Higgins (2012), ‘The Law of Ecocide‘, in Earth is Our Business, Chapter 1, London, UK: Shepheard–Walwyn, 3–17

30. Burns H. Weston and David Bollier (2013), ‘Imagining a New Architecture of Law and Policy to Support the Ecological Commons’, in Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights, and the Law of the Commons, Chapter 7, Cambridge, UK and NY, USA: Cambridge University Press, 179–225

31. Louis J. Kotzé (2013), ‘Mapping the Definitional Field of Global Environmental Governance’, in Global Environmental Governance: Law and Regulation for the 21st Century’, Chapter 7, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 225–66

32. Klaus Bosselmann (2015), ‘Framing Earth Governance’, in Earth Governance: Trusteeship of the Global Commons, Chapter 2, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 23–50

D Constitutionalism
33. Klaus Bosselmann (2015), ‘Global Environmental Constitutionalism: Mapping the Terrain’, Widener Law Review, 21 (2), 171–85

34. David R. Boyd (2012), ‘Constitutions, Human Rights, and the Environment: The Context’, in The Environmental Rights Revolution: A Global Study of Constitutions, Human Rights, and the Environment, Chapter 1, Vancouver, Canada: UBC Press, 3–19

35. Rakhyun E. Kim and Klaus Bosselmann (2015), ‘Operationalizing Sustainable Development: Ecological Integrity as a Grundnorm of International Law’, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, Special Issue: Public Participation and Climate Governance, 24 (2), July, 194–208

36. Geoffrey Garver (2013), ‘The Rule of Ecological Law: The Legal Complement to Degrowth Economics’, Sustainability, 5 (1), 316–37


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