For those troubled by environmental harm on a global scale and its deeply unequal effects, this book explains how international law structures ecological degradation and environmental injustice while claiming to protect the environment. It identifies how central legal concepts such as sovereignty, jurisdiction, territory, development, environment, labour and human rights make inaccurate and unsustainable assumptions about the natural world and systemically reproduce environmental degradation and injustice. To avert socioecological crises, we must not only unpack but radically rework our understandings of nature and its relationship with law. We propose more sustainable and equitable ways to remake law's relationship with nature by drawing on diverse disciplines and sociocultural traditions that have been marginalized within international law. Influenced by Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), postcolonialism and decoloniality, and inspired by Indigenous knowledges, cosmology, mythology and storytelling, this book lays the groundwork for an epistemological shift in the way humans conceptualize the relationship between law and nature.
B. S. Chimni - Distinguished Professor of International Law, O. P. Jindal Global University
Judge Hilary Charlesworth - International Court of Justice; Harrison Moore Professor of Law and Melbourne Laureate Professor, Melbourne Law School; Distinguished Professor, Australian National University
Antony Anghie - Professor of Law, National University of Singapore and University of Utah
Obiora Chinedu Okafor - Edward B. Burling Chair in International Law and Institutions at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; United Nations Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity
Anna Grear - Professor of Law, Cardiff University; Editor in Chief, Journal of Human Rights and the Environment
Michael Fakhri - Professor of Law, University of Oregon; United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
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