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Thought, Law, Rights and Action in the Age of Environmental Crisis

Edited by Anna Grear, Reader in Law, Cardiff Law School, UK, Director, Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE) and Editor in Chief, Journal of Human Rights and the Environment and Evadne Grant, Associate Head, Department of Law, University of the West of England, UK, Coordinator, Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE) and Editor, Journal of Human Rights and the Environment
In the climate-pressed Anthropocene epoch, nothing could be more urgent than fresh engagements with the fractious relationships between ‘humanity’, law and the living order. This collection draws together theoretical reflections, doctrinal analyses and insights drawn from rights-based praxis to offer thoughtful – and at times provocative – engagements with the limitations of law at it faces the complexities of contemporary socio-ecological life-worlds in an age of climate crisis.
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Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78471 132 0
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  • Environmental Law
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  • Environmental Law
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  • Human Rights
In the climate-pressed Anthropocene epoch, nothing could be more urgent than fresh engagements with the fractious relationships between ‘humanity’, law and the living order. This timely book intelligently combines theoretical reflections, doctrinal analyses and insights drawn from rights-based praxis to offer thoughtful – and at times provocative – engagements with the limitations of law as it faces the complexities of contemporary socio-ecological life-worlds in an age of climate crisis.

Leading scholars in the field discuss, in four parts, Philosophical Investigations, Reconfiguring the Legal, Activism and Praxis, and Multi-level Reformulations, to offer imaginative intellectual engagements with a range of challenges vexing the human-environmental-legal ‘interface’.

Scholars and students of human rights and environmental law and practitioners in the field alike will find the book to be a timely and thoughtful engagement with urgent human dilemmas.
‘. . . a magnificently rich, highly critical, at times deeply challenging and troubling, and perhaps even paradigm-shifting, collection of works that has been authored by some of the most progressive and interrogative scholars of our time. In their analysis, none of the contributors take anything for granted; they relentlessly push against parochial closures that obscure the possible contours of a re-imagined relationship between human rights and the environment. The book ultimately succeeds in offering a new juridical imaginary for those of us who are concerned with the deeply troubled and complex relationship between human rights and the environment.’
– Louis J. Kotzé, North-West University, South Africa, University of Lincoln, UK and Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment
Contributors: D. Bollier, L. Code, S. Coyle, K. Donald, G.N. Gill, E. Grant, A. Grear, T. Kerns, A. Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, M. Pieraccini, B.H. Weston













Contents:

Introduction: Thought, Law, Rights and Action in an Age of Environmental Crisis – In Search of Better Future Histories
Anna Grear and Evadne Grant

PART I PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS
1. Doubt and Denial: Epistemic Responsibility Meets Climate Change Scepticism
Lorraine Code

2. Actors or Spectators? Vulnerability and Critical Environmental Law
Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

3. Reflections on the Relationship between Environmental Regulation, Human rights and Beyond – with Heidegger
Margherita Pieraccini

4. Radicalism and Conservativism in Environmental Law
Sean Coyle

PART II RECONFIGURING THE LEGAL
5. Human Rights and Environmental Protection in India: The Judicial Journey from Public Interest Litigation to the National Green Tribunal
Gitanjali N. Gill

6. Reimagining Adjudication: Human Rights Courts and the Environment
Evadne Grant

PART III ACTIVISM AND PRAXIS
7. Human Rights Practice: A Means to Environmental Ends?
Kate Donald

8. Schopenhaur's Mitleid: Environmental Outrage and Human Rights
Tom Kerns

PART IV MULTI-LEVEL REFORMULATIONS
9. Reimagining Ecological Governance Through Human Rights and a Rediscovery of the Commons
David Bollier and Burns H. Weston

10. Towards New Legal Futures? In Search of Renewing Foundations
Anna Grear

Index