Introduction: Using Discourse Theory to Untangle Public and International Environmental Law

ENVIRONMENTAL DISCOURSES IN PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL LAW, Brad Jessup and Kim Rubenstein, eds, Cambridge University Press, 2012

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 12-07

27 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2012

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Brad Jessup

University of Melbourne - Law School

Kim Rubenstein

ANU College of Law

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

The world is talking, pondering, and strategising about the environment. Ever more of the environment has been identified, publicly contemplated, or designated for despoliation and resource extraction. Remote and ‘wild’ places like the rugged Australian Kimberley and the far reaches of North America are now subject to advanced plans for fossil fuel extraction. Environmental disasters, including fires, floods, cyclones, earthquakes and tsunami, and schemes to alleviate or prevent future human suffering from catastrophe, have occupied governmental and organisational attention. Meanwhile, concerns about environmental degradation, and in particular human-induced climate change, dominate Western media and national and international politics, and are connecting communities through conversation and localised action. The nature, breadth and extent of global responses to climate change are also points of contention between the developing and developed worlds.

Suggested Citation

Jessup, Brad and Rubenstein, Kim, Introduction: Using Discourse Theory to Untangle Public and International Environmental Law (2012). ENVIRONMENTAL DISCOURSES IN PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL LAW, Brad Jessup and Kim Rubenstein, eds, Cambridge University Press, 2012, ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 12-07, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2024644

Brad Jessup

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

Melbourne, Victoria 3010
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://law.unimelb.edu.au

Kim Rubenstein (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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