International Environmental Law, Policy, and Ethics

Hardcover | September 4, 2014

byAlexander Gillespie

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This second edition of International Environmental Law, Policy, and Ethics revises and expands this groundbreaking study into the question of why the environment is protected in the international arena. This question is rarely asked because it is assumed that each member of the internationalcommunity wants to achieve the same ends. However, in his innovative study of international environmental ethics, Alexander Gillespie explodes this myth. He shows how nations, like individuals, create environmental laws and policies which are continually inviting failure, as such laws can often beriddled with inconsistencies, and be ultimately contradictory in purpose. Specifically, he seeks a nexus between the reasons why nations protect the environment, how these reasons are reflected in law and policy, and what complications arise from these choices.This book takes account of the numerous developments in international environmental law and policy that have taken place the publication of the first edition, most notably at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and the 2012 "Rio + 20" United Nations Conference on SustainableDevelopment. Furthermore, it addresses recent debates on the economic value of nature, and the problems of the illegal trade in species and toxic waste. The cultural context has also been considerably advanced in the areas of both intangible and tangible heritage, with increasing attention beinggiven to conservation, wildlife management, and the notion of protected areas. The book investigates the ways in which progress has been made regarding humane trapping and killing of animals, and how, in contrast, the Great Apes initiative, and similar work with whales, have failed. Finally, thebook addresses the fact that while the notion of ecosystem management has been embraced by a number of environmental regimes, it has thus far failed as an international philosophy.

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This second edition of International Environmental Law, Policy, and Ethics revises and expands this groundbreaking study into the question of why the environment is protected in the international arena. This question is rarely asked because it is assumed that each member of the internationalcommunity wants to achieve the same ends. How...

Professor Alexander Gillespie is the first New Zealander to be named Rapporteur for the World Heritage Convention, involving international environmental diplomacy. Professor Gillespie is also the legal and policy advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Department of Conservation and provides commissioned work for the United Nati...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:September 4, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198713452

ISBN - 13:9780198713456

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Table of Contents

1. Anthropocentricism2. The Self Interest Justification for Environmental Protection3. The Use of Economic Rationale As A Justification for Environmental Protection4. Religious Justifications for Environmental Protection5. Aesthetic, Cultural, and Recreational Justifications6. The Rights of Future Generations as a Justification for Environmental Protection7. The Growth of New, Non-Anthropocentric Ideals Within International Environmental Law8. The Moral Considerability of Animals9. Respect for Life10. The Land Ethic11. Conclusion

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"a very interesting and well-written work...this study can contribute to a better understanding of the issues raised in choosing the 'best' means to protect the environment." --Edward H.P. Brans/REC/EL vol 8 issue 2 1999