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Governance by Uncommon Global Environmental Law?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 August 2021

Walter F. Baber
Affiliation:
California State University, Long Beach
Robert V. Bartlett
Affiliation:
University of Vermont
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Earth system governance is not for the faint of heart. To a considerable extent, governance is a concept that makes sense only within an established legal framework. A plausible argument can be made that no such framework in its modern, constitutional sense even exists outside the confines of the sovereign nation-state (Rabkin 2005). But international law is a complex system of treaties, institutions, and informal governing arrangements that already does exhibit adaptive self-organizing and emergent properties (Kim and Mackey 2014). Greater adaptive capacity might be found, however, by increased reliance on the development of law that is consciously experimental, equivocal, and embedded – a pattern of international law development based on a legal tradition, no less primitive than is contemporary international law, from which emerged a system of law that built an empire and today governs (in whole or part) the lives of nearly 40 percent of the world’s population. This tradition traces the law back, not to scriptural duties or sovereign declarations, but to a gradual and organic accretion of precedent – a process that, more easily than most others, might be imagined as a pattern for the development of global and international law that is truly equivocal, experimental, and embedded.

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Democratic Norms of Earth System Governance
Deliberative Politics in the Anthropocene
, pp. 164 - 172
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Afterword
  • Walter F. Baber, California State University, Long Beach, Robert V. Bartlett, University of Vermont
  • Book: Democratic Norms of Earth System Governance
  • Online publication: 12 August 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108923651.009
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  • Afterword
  • Walter F. Baber, California State University, Long Beach, Robert V. Bartlett, University of Vermont
  • Book: Democratic Norms of Earth System Governance
  • Online publication: 12 August 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108923651.009
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  • Afterword
  • Walter F. Baber, California State University, Long Beach, Robert V. Bartlett, University of Vermont
  • Book: Democratic Norms of Earth System Governance
  • Online publication: 12 August 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108923651.009
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