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 Critical Reflections Ownership

New GNHRE/JHRE Book Series ‘Critical Reflections on Human Rights and the Environment’

GNHRE is delighted to announce that Edward Elgar Publishing and the GNHRE are collaborating on a new GNHRE/JHRE book series, ‘Critical Reflections on Human Rights and the Environment’.

This timely and provocative series will consist of relatively short (70,000 – 100,000 word) monographs on themes related to the field of human rights and the environment – delivering a set of critical, engaging reflections written by leading scholars and thinkers and aimed at taking no assumption for granted, while offering imaginative new approaches to the subjects under review.

Suggestions for themes are invited.  Indicative examples of subjects/titles include: interrogating ecoysystem services; interrogating sustainable development; interrogating rights-based approaches; interrogating epistemologies; interrogating multilevel governance, interrogating ‘the environmental’, interrogating vulnerability – and the like.

Please send initial suggestions for titles in the series to Anna Grear via

Out in this series:

Critical Reflections OwnershipCritical Reflections On Ownership: Mary Warnock

In this thought provoking work, Mary Warnock explores what it is to own things, and the differences in our attitude to what we own and what we do not. Starting from the philosophical standpoints of Locke and Hume, the ownership of gardens is presented as a prime example, exploring both private and common ownership, historically and autobiographically. The author concludes that, besides pleasure and pride, ownership brings a sense of responsibility for what is owned and a fundamental question is brought to light: can we feel the same responsibility for what we do not, and never can, own? Applying this question to the natural world and the planet as a whole, a realistic and gradualist perspective is offered on confronting global environmental degradation. Critical Reflections on Ownership examines the effect of the Romantic Movement on our attitudes to nature and is a salient commentary on the history of ideas.

Forthcoming in this series:

Janet Dine, Interrogating Growth

To submit a proposal for this series, please contact Anna Grear via