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 13: Mining, rights of nature, and suma qamaavivir bien in Bolivia through the lens of ecological law

Carla Sbert


This chapter presents the third of three case studies in this book applying the lens of ecological law to three different legal approaches to mining in order to reflect on their implications for a shift to ecological law. Turning to Bolivia, this chapter examines mineral extraction in the context of the rights of Mother Earth and the Andean concept of vivir bien/buen vivir (living well), both recognized in Bolivian law, and considers their significance for ecological law with particular focus on Bolivia’s lithium industrialization project in the Salar de Uyuni.

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