Book Review of International Environmental Law and the Global South (Cambridge University Press 2015)
Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, Forthcoming
4 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2017
Date Written: October 16, 2017
This timely new book, International Environmental Law and the Global South, fills a major gap in the scholarly literature and makes an important contribution to the fields of international and comparative environmental law.
The book ambitiously sets out to transform the very framework within which global environmental questions are raised, debated, and addressed. By training a scholarly lens on the contested space inherent in key terms, like “sustainable development,” “common but differentiated responsibility,” and “intergenerational equity,” this book surfaces the power and justice questions inherent in international environmental governance — questions that too often pass sub rosa. In particular, in a wide-ranging set of contexts, the authors document how existing international environmental governance mechanisms systematically neglect or marginalize the poorest and most vulnerable populations, states and regions (the “South”) in favor of the concerns and interests of developed, wealthy states, populations and regions (the “North”). This interrogation is a vital contribution because these unspoken and unaddressed justice concerns too often thwart the international cooperation so vital for addressing global threats.
Keywords: International Law, Sustainable Development, North, South, Ecology, Environment, Climate Change, Governance, Justice, Common but Differentiated Responsibility, Intergenerational Equity
JEL Classification: K00, K32, K23
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