International law evolved to protect human rights. But what are humanrights? Does the term have the same meaning in a world beingtransformed by climate change and globalized trade? Are existing lawssufficient to ensure humanity's survival? Westra argues thatinternational law privileges individual over collective rights,permitting multinational corporations to overlook the collective andthe environment in their quest for wealth. Unless policy makersredefine human rights and reformulate environmental law to protect thepreconditions for life itself - water, food, clean air, andbiodiversity - humankind faces the complete loss of theecological commons, one of our most basic human rights.
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
A key feature of this book is that it deals with both moral and legal arguments. It also draws on Greek philosophy. This reflects the author's strength as a scholar of both philosophy and law. There are few authors in the environmental and international law fields that can bring this breadth of material and thought to bear on such a critical subject.
- Prue Taylor, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland