International Environmental Law and the Global South - Introduction

International Environmental Law and the Global South (Shawkat Alam, Sumudu Atapattu, Carmen G. Gonzalez and Jona Razzaque, eds). Cambridge University Press, 2015

Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 15-18

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1363

27 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2015 Last revised: 22 Sep 2015

Carmen G. Gonzalez

Seattle University School of Law

Sumudu Atapattu

University of Wisconsin Law School

Abstract

The unprecedented degradation of the planet’s vital ecosystems is among the most pressing issues confronting the international community. Despite the proliferation of legal instruments to combat environmental problems, conflicts between rich and poor nations (the North-South divide) have compromised the effectiveness of international environmental law, leading to deadlocks in environmental treaty negotiations and non-compliance with existing agreements. International Environmental Law and the Global South examines both the historical origins of the North-South divide in European colonialism as well as its contemporary manifestations in a range of issues, including food justice, energy justice, indigenous rights, trade, investment, extractive industries, human rights, land grabs, hazardous waste, and climate change. Born out of the recognition that global inequality and profligate consumerism present threats to a sustainable planet, this books makes a unique contribution to international environmental law by emphasizing the priorities and concerns of the global South.

Notes: The downloadable document contains the table of contents as well as the first chapter (co-authored by Sumudu Atapattu and Carmen G. Gonzalez).

Keywords: international environmental law, environmental justice, sustainable development, TWAIL, food justice, energy justice, climate change, indigenous peoples, human rights, land grabs, hazardous waste, right to food, right to water, natural disaster, sovereign wealth funds, international investment law

JEL Classification: K32, K33, K190, N05, O13, O19, Q01, Q56

Suggested Citation

Gonzalez, Carmen G. and Atapattu, Sumudu, International Environmental Law and the Global South - Introduction. International Environmental Law and the Global South (Shawkat Alam, Sumudu Atapattu, Carmen G. Gonzalez and Jona Razzaque, eds). Cambridge University Press, 2015; Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 15-18; Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1363. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2647022 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2647022

Carmen G. Gonzalez (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

Sumudu Atapattu

University of Wisconsin Law School ( email )

975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
United States

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