Community stewardship: the foundation of biocultural rights (Bavikatte and Bennett)

Author(s) Kabir Sanjay Bavikatte and Tom Bennett Keywords Biocultural rights, stewardship, property, environment, law, nature, indigenous people, customary law, commodity, post-development, political ecology, commons, Convention on Biological Diversity, Nagoya Protocol, traditional resource rights Abstract The term ‘biocultural rights’ denotes a community’s long established right, in accordance with its customary laws, to steward its lands, waters […]

The logic of ecosystems: capitalism, rights and the law of ‘ecosystem services’ (B.Pardy)

Author Bruce Pardy Keywords law, ecosystem service, capitalism, environmental right, market, ecosystem, negative right, property right, natural selection, evolution Abstract ‘Ecosystem services’ consist of natural processes on which humans depend, such as photosynthesis, waste decomposition, pollination, and water and air purification. Current proposals for the targeted protection of ecosystem services ignore the logic of ecosystems: […]

Confronting a Rising Tide: A Proposal for A Convention on Climate Change Refugees (B. Docherty and T. Giannini)

Author(s) Bonnie Docherty and Tyler Giannini Keywords law, climate change, refugees, national borders, international law, climate change prevention, remediation, human rights protection, humanitarian aid Abstract This Article proposes a new legal instrument to confront the issue of climate change refugees. It defines climate change refugees as people whom climate change forces to relocate across national […]

Human Rights, the Environment and the Tehran Declaration (J. Blake and B. Boer)

Author(s) Janet Blake and Ben Boer Keywords human rights and environment nexus, Tehran Declaration, law, policy, development, environmental protection Abstract The International Conference on Human Rights and the Environment took place in Tehran in May 2009, and was attended by around 150 participants, including 10 international speakers. Iran was an appropriate setting for this conference for a number of […]

Environmental Justice and the Rights of Unborn and Future Generations: Law, Environmental Harm and the Right to Health (L. Westra)

Author Laura Westra, President of the Global Ecological Integrity Group (GEIG) Keywords social justice, rights of future generations, environmental justice, law, environmental harm, health, right to health, human rights Abstract The traditional concept of social justice is increasingly being challenged by the notion of a human-kind which spans current and future generations. This book is […]