In Defense of the Amazon Forest: The Role of Law and Courts

BARROSO, Luís Roberto ; MELLO, Patrícia Perrone Campos . In defense of the Amazon Forest: The role of law and courts. HARVARD INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, v. 62, p. 1, 2021.

Harvard International Law Journal, Vol. 63, 2021

27 Pages Posted: 12 May 2021

See all articles by Luís Roberto Barroso

Luís Roberto Barroso

Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro; Harvard Kennedy School

Patrícia Perrone Campos Mello

Centro Universitário de Brasília (UniCEUB)

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

The Amazon Forest is approaching a point of no return from which it will enter an irreversible process of savannization, with the loss of most of the environmental services it provides to the world, and great damage to life quality on the Planet. According to environmentalists and scientists, Brazil is failing to combat deforestation, which has grown at an alarming rate in recent years. This essay demonstrates that ineffective legislative initiatives and a deficient legal framework are in part responsible for allowing this failure. It proposes solutions including: (i) a constitutional amendment to prohibit the regularization of public land invasions that favor land grabbers, (ii) strategies to confront executive inaction through the demarcation of conservation units and indigenous reserves, and (iii) improvement and better enforcement of laws punishing environmental crimes.

Suggested Citation

Barroso, Luis Roberto and Mello, Patrícia Perrone Campos, In Defense of the Amazon Forest: The Role of Law and Courts (2021). BARROSO, Luís Roberto ; MELLO, Patrícia Perrone Campos . In defense of the Amazon Forest: The role of law and courts. HARVARD INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, v. 62, p. 1, 2021., Harvard International Law Journal, Vol. 63, 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3830869

Luis Roberto Barroso

Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro ( email )

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Harvard Kennedy School ( email )

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Patrícia Perrone Campos Mello (Contact Author)

Centro Universitário de Brasília (UniCEUB) ( email )

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Brasilia, DF 70790-075
Brazil

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