The Lens of Ecological Law
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The Lens of Ecological Law

A Look at Mining

Carla Sbert

Containing an in-depth study of the emerging theory and core of ecological law, this book insightfully proposes a 'lens of ecological law' through which the disparity between current laws and ecological law can be assessed. The lens consists of three principles: ecocentrism, ecological primacy and ecological justice. These principles are used within the book to explore and analyse the challenges and opportunities related to the transition to ecological law and to examine three key mining case studies.
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Chapter 3: Converging proposals for a new approach: selected foundational scholarship on ecological law

Carla Sbert


This chapter briefly summarizes the main contributing elements to the theory of ecological law of a selected number of foundational proposals: David Boyd’s call for “sustainability law,” Cormac Cullinan’s manifesto for “wild laws,” Klaus Bosselmann’s arguments for understanding justice as “ecological justice” and recognizing the “principle of sustainability” as a principle of law, and Geoffrey Garver’s proposal for a “rule of ecological law” as a complement to degrowth economics. It also reviews selected contributions to the development of ecological law by Christina Voigt and other scholars, under the notion of the “rule of law for nature.”

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