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Two new books that feature the Earth Charter

Klaus Bosselmann is a renowned environmental law scholar who has been promoting the Earth Charter for many years. He is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and this year (2015) he has published two books that feature the Earth Charter prominently.

Earth Governance: Trusteeship of the Global Commons (Edward Elgar, July 2015); 320 pages.

The predicament of uncontrolled growth in a finite world puts the global commons – such as oceans, atmosphere, and biosphere – at risk. So far, states have not found the means to protect what, essentially, is outside their jurisdiction. However, the jurisprudence of international law has matured to a point that makes global governance beyond state-negotiated compromises both possible and desirable. This book makes an ambitious, yet well-researched and convincing, case for trusteeship governance.

Earth Governance shows how the United Nations, together with states, can draw from their own traditions to develop new, effective regimes of environmental trusteeship. Klaus Bosselmann argues that the integrity of the earth’s ecological system depends on institutional reform, and that only an ethic of stewardship and trusteeship will create the institutions, laws and policies powerful enough to reclaim and protect the global commons.

This comprehensive exploration of environmental governance will appeal to scholars and students of environmental law, and international law and relations, as well as to UN and government officials and policymakers.

Orders can be placed on this website, which also contains links to selected chapters that can be downloaded.
www.elgaronline.com/view/9781783477814.xml

National Strategies for Sustainability (New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law Monograph Series, Vol. Four, 2015); 185 pages.

This e-book reviews national strategies for achieving sustainable development in the European Union, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Taking a comparative perspective, it identifies the main features of advanced national strategies  (e.g. goals, comprehensiveness, effectiveness) and contrasts them with efforts in New Zealand (lagging behind most OECD countries). The book provides state-of-the-art guidance for developing a national strategy for sustainability in New Zealand as well as in other countries.

This publication may be downloaded at Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00T256JN6

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