Ecological Integrity and Land Uses: Sovereignty, Governance, Displacements and Land Grabs


Laura Westra, PhD (Editor)
Professor Emerita, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
Visiting Professor, Faculty of Jurisprudence, University of Salerno

Klaus Bosselmann (Editor)
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Virginia Zambrano (Editor)
Faculty of Law, University of Salerno, Italy

Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: SCI020000

This book is intended to focus the attention of scholars and policymakers on the ongoing land grabs that occur in all continents, as corporations, conglomerates and powerful governments ally themselves with those who reap economic profits from the dispossession of those who inhabit the lands.

Often the dispossession takes place as a legal transaction, even as an internationally sanctioned form of so-called “sustainable development”, something that, in reality, is neither sustainable, nor leading to the development of the communities indigenous to the land, who usually attempt to the best of their ability, to resist, and deny what they view as a forceful hostile occupation, of the lands which constitute their only source of sustenance.

This book raises a grave question, as it asks, whether these dispositions might represent grave violations of the rights of peoples to be free from racial discrimination, and to their rights to their own resources and self-determination. When climate change is exacerbated by deforestation, in order to use the land for more profitable cash crops, then it is even possible to view the environmental disasters that ensue as crimes against humanity.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Food Sovereignty and the Right to Food
(Virginia Zambrano, Department of Law, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy)

Chapter 2. Law and Land Grabs: Old and New
(Janice Gray, Faculty of Law, UNSW, Sydney, Australia)

Chapter 3. Soil Functions and Soil Protection in the Era of Climate Change: A Multilevel Perspective
(Matteo Fermeglia, Faculty of Law, University of Hasselt, Hasselt, Belgium)

Chapter 4. Bioeconomy as a New Phenomenon in Land Grabbing: The Case of Brazil
(Eva Cudlínová, Valny Giacomelli Sobrinho, Miloslav Lapka and Jan Vávra, Department of Regional Management, Faculty of Economics, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic, and others)

Chapter 5. Integrated Approach to the Mitigation of Biodiversity Lost in Central Europe
(Pavel Cudlín, Vilém Pechanec, Lenka Štěrbová, Ondřej Cudlín and Jan Purkyt, Department of Carbon Storage in the Landscape, Global Change Research Institute CAS, České Budějovice, Czech Republic, and others)

Chapter 6. Responsibility for the Ecological Integrity of the High Seas: The Role of Natural Law
(Prue Taylor, University of Auckland, New Zealand)

Chapter 7. Rethinking Noah’s Ark: Respecting Marine Integrity and the BWM Convention
(Matteo Bruno Scannapieco, Department of Law, University of Salerno, Italy)

Chapter 8. Aguinda v. Chevron: Using Corporate Structures to Avoid Liability for Environmental Disasters
(Kathleen Mahoney, Professor of Law)

Chapter 9. Civil Society Preventing Land Grabs in Brazil
(Anne Venton, University of Toronto, Canada)

Chapter 10. The Silence of the State: The Failure of State and Local Governance in Protecting Environmental Defenders
(Shauna M. Lange, President and Attorney at Law, Rees and Lange, P.C., US)

Chapter 11. Ecological Integrity and Land Abuses: A Legal and Ethical Analysis of Consumption and Production
(Kathryn Anne Gwiazdon, Executive Director, Center for Environmental Ethics and Law
Tampa, Florida, US)

Chapter 12. Consumer Society and the Environment: Programmed Obsolescence in Consumption Relations and the Ecological Impact
(André Perin Schmidt Neto, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Porto Alegre, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 13. Agroecology and the Regeneration of Urban Areas
(Mariassunta Imbrenda, Law Department– School of Law, University of Salerno, Italy)

Chapter 14. The Revolution for the Rights of Nature
(Peter Venton, President, JPV Associates: Economics and Public Policy, Canada, and others)

Chapter 15. Precautionary Principle, Civil Liability and the Right to Health
(Maria Gabriella Stanzione, Department of Political, Social and Communication Science, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy)

Chapter 16. Does Religion Motivate Pro-Environmental Behavior?
(Philippe Crabbé, University of Ottawa, Canada)

Chapter 17. Ethical Issues with Relying on Pricing Carbon as a Policy Response to Climate Change
(Donald A. Brown, Widener University Commonwealth Law School, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, US)

Chapter 18. Emergency Sustainability and Ethics: Climate Change, Epistemic Health and Nihilism
(Marco Ettore Grasso, Department of Humanistic Studies, University of Macerata, Macerata, Italy)

Chapter 19. Large-Scale Acquisitions of the Commons: The Need for Earth Governance
(Klaus Bosselmann, University of Auckland, New Zealand)



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