Earth Governance
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Earth Governance

Trusteeship of the Global Commons

  • New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series

Klaus Bosselmann

The predicament of uncontrolled growth in a finite world puts the global commons - such as oceans, atmosphere, and biosphere - at risk. So far, states have not found the means to protect, what essentially, is outside their jurisdiction. However the jurisprudence of international law has matured to a point that makes global governance beyond state-negotiated compromises both possible and desirable. This book makes an ambitious, yet well-researched and convincing case, for trusteeship governance. It shows how the United Nations together with states can draw from their own traditions to develop new, effective regimes of trusteeship for the global commons.
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Chapter 6: State as environmental trustee

Klaus Bosselmann

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Society is indeed a contract . . . between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born. Edmund Burke (1792). Unbelievable as it may seem, the future of humanity rests on our generation being able to reframe government’s obligation towards Nature. Mary C. Wood.

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