The Earth Charter is now widely understood as the leading ethical framework for global governance. What does this mean for the further development of international law?
This book examines some key features of international environmental law such as state sovereignty, global governance, sustainable development and the precautionary principle. With a focus on current failures and shortcomings, the text analyzes The Earth Charter’s potential to provide a legal framework for future global governance.
A theme throughout this text is the need to examine and understand existing global governance systems, of what passes for “justice” as trade continues to supersede the rights to life and health everywhere, and to re-examine the meaning of democracy.
The uniqueness of this text is that it analyzes The Earth Charter from a legal as well as ethical point of view. Bringing together the expertise of lawyers specializing in environmental law, the text can be used as an introduction to the challenges surrounding current international law and governance. It should be of interest to students and scholars of international law, environmental law and international relations and further to anyone interested in issues of sustainability.
The primary readers of this text are civil society (NGOs), policy makers, and academia, especially students taking university courses related to sustainability and/or international law and policy. The book will be a main text in courses specifically concerned with global environmental governance, and a supplemental reader in courses addressing sustainability more generally.
This book was launched on 29 June 2010 at the celebration of the Earth Charter’s 10th anniversary in The Hague, Holland, in the presence of Her Royal Highness Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands.
Klaus Bosselmann is Professor of Law and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law at the University of Auckland. J. Ronald Engel is a professor emeritus of theology and senior research fellow at the Centre For Humans and Nature in Chicago.
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: KIT Publishers (September 2010)