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Sustainable Development Law In The Uk

Author: Andrea Ross
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136515844
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Sustainable development is now widely accepted as a political objective in the UK and elsewhere but to what extent has the UK’s rhetoric on sustainable development become a reality? The aim of this book is to critically examine the UK’s approach to promoting and delivering sustainable development. It begins by providing a detailed account of UK law on sustainable development by reviewing the various policy, institutional and legal mechanisms used by the UK since the 1980s and by devolved administrations since devolution took effect in 1999. Progress has been slow, too slow and, according to the scientists, time is running out. To deal with this lack of progress, the book advocates increasing the status of ecological sustainability and sustainable development through the introduction of a wide range of legal mechanisms which would compel the change needed. The book calls for ecological sustainability, or respecting the Earth’s environmental limits, to be afforded the status of legal principle and argues that with ecological sustainability at its normative core, sustainable development could provide an effective framework for decision making and governance. It argues that to support this approach and ensure consistency, the time has come for sustainable development to receive explicit legal backing. Over and above its symbolic and educational value, legislation can impose mandatory rules on policymakers and decision makers, often with meaningful consequences both inside and outside the courtroom. To this end, the book contributes to the theory on sustainable development governance by suggesting three possible legislative approaches for such intervention. The volume concludes that while a lack of leadership on sustainable development may hinder the introduction of these innovations, once introduced, these innovations would equally provide much needed support for effective leadership towards a sustainable future. Andrea Ross is a Reader in the School of Law at the University of Dundee and has taught and researched in the areas of public and environmental law for over 18 years. Before becoming an academic she qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in Ontario, Canada. An Earthscan from Routledge book.

Foreign Investment Human Rights And The Environment

Author: Shyami Puvimanasinghe
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9047419979
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Events like the Bhopal disaster, the sale of products harmful to human health and safety, and child labour, especially in resource-scarce settings, raise fundamental issues of human dignity and ecological integrity. From a legal perspective, and in the context of Foreign Direct Investment by Transnational Corporations in developing countries, they highlight the lacuna of a holistic international legal framework and its implementation. This book embodies a critique of the complex web of public international law principles on economics, human rights and the environment, and their convergence or lack thereof, related regional (South Asian) and domestic (Sri Lankan) legal arrangements, interventions of states and non-state actors towards just, equitable and sustainable development. It is a quest for a middle path in the multidisciplinary landscape of international law, development and North-South power dynamics; globalization of free trade and investment and of social and environmental interests; and salient aspects of the philosophical, socio-economic and legal fabric of South Asia, viewed against the evolving, controversial and elastic sphere of international relations and law where consensus has hitherto been an elusive dream.

Climate Change Forced Migration And International Law

Author: Jane McAdam
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191627658
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Displacement caused by climate change is an area of growing concern. With current rises in sea levels and changes to the global climate, it is an issue of fundamental importance to the future of many parts of the world. This book critically examines whether States have obligations to protect people displaced by climate change under international refugee law, international human rights law, and the international law on statelessness. Drawing on field work undertaken in Bangladesh, India, and the Pacific island states of Kiribati and Tuvalu, it evaluates whether the phenomenon of 'climate change-induced displacement' is an empirically sound category for academic inquiry. It does so by examining the reasons why people move (or choose not to move); the extent to which climate change, as opposed to underlying socio-economic factors, provides a trigger for such movement; and whether traditional international responses, such as the conclusion of new treaties and the creation of new institutions, are appropriate solutions in this context. In this way, the book queries whether flight from habitat destruction should be viewed as another facet of traditional international protection or as a new challenge requiring more creative legal and policy responses.

State Of The World 2000

Author: The Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610916395
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State of the World 2000 shines a sharp light on the great challenge our civilization faces: how to use our political systems to manage the difficult and complex relationships between the global economy and the Earth's ecosystems. If we cannot build an environmentally sustainable global economy, then we have no future that anyone would desire.

Shaping Neighbourhoods

Author: Hugh Barton
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415260091
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There is widespread support for the principle of creating healthier and more sustainable neighbourhoods, but the trends are still in the opposite direction. This guide bridges the gap between rhetoric and reality.

Rhetoric And Reality In Environmental Policy

Author: Michael J. Wintle
Publisher: Avebury
ISBN: 9781856289276
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The Dutch are known for taking the initiative in setting ambitious goals for environmental achievements and have drawn up domestic environmental plans which are exemplary in their willingness to take the issues seriously and to take action to address the matters in hand. Britain, on the other hand, is widely known as the dirty man of Europe and often its political and economic leaders seem to display a cynical disregard for the impassioned pleas of environmentalists. This collection of specially commissioned essays looks behind the rhetoric of reputation and public image and compares it with feasibility and reality. There is undeniably a great chasm between The Netherlands and Britain in terms of political imagery in environmental matters, but many of those differences are more to do with political culture than with environmental reality. It is this tension between image and reality which lies at the heart of this volume.