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Investing the law with an environmental ethic: using an environmental justice theory for change
Environmental Law, Ethics & Governance (2010)
  • Brad Jessup, The Australian National University
The adoption of the concept and theory of sustainability by domestic law has not garnered an environmental ethic nor resulted in meaningful changes to legal, political, cultural and community institutions. As a consequence, the law remains incapable of attaining environmental improvements for the benefit of humans and other species. Present day environmental law is still primarily concerned with protecting property interests and upholding a narrow view of responsible government. Further, the law still characterises and purports to protect the environment as divisible components. This chapter argues that introducing a broad and multi-faceted theory of environmental justice drawn from environmental philosophy into the law would redress the environmental ethical deficit in the law. In particular, the chapter shows how an environmentally just legal system would be reformed with a focus on environmental assessment, pollution control, and species preservation laws.
  • environmental ethics,
  • environmental justice,
  • environmental law
Publication Date
October 1, 2010
Erika Techera
Inter-Disciplinary Press
Citation Information
Brad Jessup. "Investing the law with an environmental ethic: using an environmental justice theory for change" Freeland, Oxfordshire, UKEnvironmental Law, Ethics & Governance (2010)
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