Green Governance - Ecological Survival, Human Rights, and the Law of the Commons (Table of Contents & Prologue)

B. Weston & D. Bollier, Green Governance - Ecological Survival, Human Rights, and the Law of the Commons, Cambridge University Press, 2013

U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-13

18 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2013 Last revised: 1 Mar 2013

Burns H. Weston

University of Iowa-Deceased

David Bollier

Commons Strategies Group

Date Written: January 28, 2013

Abstract

The vast majority of the world’s scientists agree: we have reached a point in history where we are in grave danger of destroying Earth’s life-sustaining capacity. But our attempts to protect natural ecosystems are increasingly ineffective because our very conception of the problem is limited; we treat “the environment” as its own separate realm, taking for granted prevailing but outmoded conceptions of economics, national sovereignty, and international law. Green governance is a direct response to the mounting calls for a paradigm shift in the way humans relate to the natural environment. It opens the door to a new set of solutions by proposing a compelling new synthesis of environmental protection based on broader notions of economics and human rights and on commons-based governance. Going beyond speculative abstractions, the book proposes a new architecture of environmental law and public policy that is as practical as it is theoretically sound.

Keywords: Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, Commons, Legal Philisophy, Economics

Suggested Citation

Weston, Burns H. and Bollier, David, Green Governance - Ecological Survival, Human Rights, and the Law of the Commons (Table of Contents & Prologue) (January 28, 2013). B. Weston & D. Bollier, Green Governance - Ecological Survival, Human Rights, and the Law of the Commons, Cambridge University Press, 2013; U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2207977

Burns H. Weston (Contact Author)

University of Iowa-Deceased

405 Boyd Law Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1097
United States

David Bollier

Commons Strategies Group ( email )

Amherst
United States

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