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Globalisation and Natural Resources Law

Challenges, Key Issues and Perspectives Elena Blanco, Associate Professor of International Economic Law and Jona Razzaque, Professor of Environmental Law, Department of Law, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
This book examines the complex relationships between trade, human rights and the environment within natural resources law. It discusses key theories and challenges whilst exploring the concepts and approaches available to manage crucial natural resources in both developed and developing countries. Primarily aimed at undergraduates and postgraduates, it includes exercises, questions and discussion topics for courses on globalisation and /or natural resources law as well as an ample bibliography for those interested in further research. The book will therefore serve as an invaluable reference tool for academics, researchers and activists alike.
Extent: 448 pp
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Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978 1 84844 249 8
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This book examines the complex relationships between trade, human rights and the environment within natural resources law. It discusses key theories and challenges whilst exploring the concepts and approaches available to manage crucial natural resources in both developed and developing countries. Primarily aimed at undergraduates and postgraduates, it includes exercises, questions and discussion topics for courses on globalisation and /or natural resources law as well as an ample bibliography for those interested in further research. The book will therefore serve as an invaluable reference tool for academics, researchers and activists alike.
‘In Globalisation and Natural Resources Law, Elena Blanco and Jona Razzaque provide a fulsome examination of natural resource management challenges, analyzing means to address inequalities, alleviate poverty and promote economic growth in the face of globalization. . . Blanco and Razzaque’s contribution is a fine one. It is recommended as useful reading for anyone interested in the intersections of globalization, resources management, equity and human rights.’
– Hugh S. Wilkins, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law

‘This book is a very welcome addition to publications on globalisation and natural resources management. It adopts a very broad approach to this important subject – it includes the general issues, such as trade and investment. It deals with very complex questions of permanent sovereignty over natural resources; the right to development; the role of indigenous peoples in resource management. This publication also provides the reader with general underlying principles and approaches to natural resources management, such as sustainable use; the precautionary principle; the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and the ecosystem approach, regulatory approach etc. The book is very analytical and gives a lot of food for thought for readers.’
– Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

‘The book is the first of its kind to deal in depth with complex, cross-cutting issues relating to globalization and natural resources. The authors demonstrate not only a broad range of knowledge but also provide deep insights into what will be needed to make the transition from economic globalization to sustainable globalization, including improved resource efficiency and sustainable development, and inclusive and participatory governance. In particular, the authors consider specific approaches in such sectors as water resources, renewable energy, and biological resources. The book has carefully documented and analyzed numerous international, regional, and national legal frameworks as well as relevant theories and principles. It is a must for every law library as well as for policy makers, administrators, academics, non-governmental bodies, and civil societies. We owe a great debt to the authors for their painstaking, comprehensive research.’
– Koh Kheng-Lian, National University of Singapore

‘Globalization as a means of aptly capturing political, social, cultural, and above all else economic phenomena has been well-documented and the subject of a multitude of comment. What has perhaps been less well studied is its relationship with natural resource management. Thus this work by Merino-Blanco and Razzaque is to be commended. Moreover, by focusing on globalization, an important truth is revealed. It is neither about the diminution of the role of the State nor the ascendancy of the multinational corporation, but rather a more nuanced and complex interaction, which we are only beginning to appreciate. This book is an important contribution to that debate.’
– Duncan French, University of Sheffield, UK

‘While sustainable development requires State regulation of the exploitation of natural resources, globalisation, as originally conceived, pushed for “free and unfettered” markets creating a fundamental tension between the two approaches. This book attempts to find a way towards their reconciliation with inspiring results. The book explores many themes, especially how globalisation may contribute to the solution of the problems it has caused by helping to empower non-state actors around the world so that the international decision-making processes become more inclusive, transparent and oriented towards sustainable development.’
– Ximena Fuentes, Universidad Alonso Ibanez, Chile and ILA Co-Rapporteur on the Commission on Sustainable Development
Contents: Introduction Part I: Theories, Principles and Key Issues 1. Globalisation and Natural Resources: Themes, Challenges and Dilemmas 2. Globalisation and Natural Resource Management: Principles and Approaches 3. Legal Framework Guiding Natural Resource Management Part II: Challenges 4. Global Governance and Sustainable Natural Resource Management through States and International Institutions 5. Multinational Corporations, Civil Society and Non-state Actors: Participation, Governance and Accountability 6. Compliance Part III: Approaches 7. Water Resources 8. Renewable Energy 9. Biological Resources Index