David Bollier, Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons – Book Review (A. Grear)

Author Anna Grear Keywords business as usual, collective commons, commoners, digital commons, dispossession, market, neoliberal ideology, norms, property rights, urban food production, values Abstract At a time when there is widespread disillusionment with ‘business as usual’, attention is turning, thanks in part to the high-profile publication of books such as Jeremy Rifkin’s, The Zero Marginal […]

Whose ecosystem is it anyway? Private and public rights under new approaches to biodiversity conservation (C.T.Reid, W.Nsoh)

Authors Colin T. Reid and Walters Nsoh Keywords biodiversity, human rights, property rights, nature conservation, biodiversity offsetting, ecosystem services Abstract A range of legal tools is increasingly being used for the conservation of biodiversity. These tools include conservation covenants, biodiversity offsets and payment for ecosystem services. There are benefits to these approaches, but also challenges […]

Water Rights and Human Rights: The Poor Will not Need Our Charity if We Need Their Water (D. Zetland)

Author David Zetland Keywords Human rights, property rights, institutions, political-economy, water markets, water quality, MDGs Abstract Each year, about 2.8 million people die due to problems with poor water supply, sanitation and hygiene. Over three-quarters of the dead are children. Some argue that a human right to clean water would improve this situation. This paper […]

Sustainable Development, Environment and Human Right: An Issue (P. Kaur)

Author Prithpal Kaur Keywords Environment, human rights, sustainability Abstract The history of sustainability traces human dominated ecological systems from the earliest civilizations to the ecological systems from the earliest civilization to the present. It is becoming apparent that climate change will have implications for the enjoyment of humanrights. Technological advances over several millennia gave humans […]

Sustainable development (1987-2005): an oxymoron comes of age (M. Redclift)

Author Michael Redclift Keywords Sustainable development; environmental justice; social capital; property rights; rights based approach; materiality. Abstract The paper examines the conceptual history of sustainable development, from the Brundtland Commission’s definition in 1987 to the present day. It argues that the superficial consensus that has characterized much of the early debate has given way to […]