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Environmental Governance and Sustainability

Environmental Governance and Sustainability

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law series

Edited by Paul Martin, Li Zhiping, Qin Tianbao, Anel Du Plessis, Yves Le Bouthillier and Angela Williams

This timely volume provides fascinating insights into emerging developments in the field of legal governance of the environment at a time when environmental governance is increasingly concerned with far more than legal doctrine.

Introduction: The Scholarship of Environmental Governance

Edited by Paul Martin, Li Zhiping, Qin Tianbao, Anel Du Plessis, Yves Le Bouthillier and Angela Williams

Subjects: development studies, law and development, environment, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law, law and development

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This collection of scholarly works provides insights into emerging developments in the field of legal governance of the environment. Environmental governance is increasingly concerned with far more than legal doctrine, though environmental law stands at the heart of good environmental governance. It is concerned with the totality of arrangements through which power and resources are deployed to protect and restore natural resources, and how the costs and benefits of this are allocated. As such, how the community exercises its democratic rights; the ways in which government responds to the needs of current and future generations and balances the interests of the powerful with the powerless; the freedoms and responsibilities of commerce and the holders of property; and the ways in which laws and policies are informed by science and other perspectives are all important. The chapters in this book show the many ways in which legal scholarship is pivotal to good governance in all these respects, and the extent of innovation that is being generated by the ecological, economic and social challenges that are arising. The content and scope of these chapters demonstrate clearly the increasing breadth and depth of environmental law scholarship. The chapters show the many ways in which community and political leadership towards sustainability is being translated into institutional arrangements in the international and national spheres. The book also demonstrates the many conflicts and potential conflicts inherent in a radical transformation of society and economy. Legal scholars are, as a result, being called to take a leadership...