Environmental Disasters and Land Grabs as Crimes against Humanity

Laura Westra, Ph.D.
University of Windsor Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Law, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Jurisprudence, University of Parma

Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: SCI026000



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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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Increasingly people in every continent of the world are becoming aware of the grave consequences of the current environmental problems, from climate change to unsustainable agricultural growth durations. These consequences include dangerous, environmentally caused results that affect our health and the health of our children, as well as our social well-being and our very basic rights.

This book raises a radical question: Can environmental disasters and land grab crimes, in fact, be seen as crimes against humanity? That approach is defended through a number of present legal documents and through existing and novel arguments. With this in mind, who is responsible for the present situation, and who should be held accountable for both damages and harm towards those parties affected?

The main problems concern holding governments (who minimally permit, but often promote many of the practices of legal and natural persons) responsible for initiating and supporting the activities that ensure their economic benefit, which is leading to the present impasse. The authors discuss how such individuals can be held accountable singly and collectively for the harms they impose on all life.


Chapter 1. The History and Development of Crimes against Humanity

Chapter 2. Crimes against Humanity and Ecological Disasters

Chapter 3. Crimes against Humanity and the Right to Health

Chapter 4. Ecoviolence, Land Grabbing and the Right to Food

Chapter 5. Ecoviolence, Land Grabbing and the Right to be Free from Racial Discrimination

Chapter 6. Crimes against Humanity: Legal Pathways and Approaches to Justice


“Laura Westra's relentless pursuit of scholarship manifests in her 40th book. It emerges from her determination to protect the environment through the principle of ecological integrity. Supported by the application of health measurement tools, Dr. Westra uses legal arguments to point to injustices imposed on the most vulnerable by the most powerful in our current economic world order. She identifies a genocidal trend against indigenous knowledge exposed using epidemiology to reveal the criminal dimensions that result in environmental disasters. While epidemiology can demonstrate impacts only after the fact, its utility lies in preventing ongoing harms and injustices through the causal mechanisms exposed from evidence and knowledge. Dr. Westra makes the connections with outrage. Her purpose is to inform humanity of legal mechanisms to re-direct its collective path towards a sustainable future.” - Colin Soskolne, PhD, Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology, Professor emeritus, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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