The Law and Politics of Sustainability explores efforts made to address pressing environmental concerns through legislation, conventions, directives, treaties, and protocols. Articles explain the mechanics of environmental law, the concepts that shape sustainable development, case studies and rulings that have set precedents, approaches to sustainable development taken by legal systems around the world, and more. Experts and scholars in the field raise provocative questions about the effectiveness of international law versus national law in protecting the environment, and about the effect of current laws on future generations. They analyze the successes and shortcomings of present legal instruments, corporate and public policies, social movements, and conceptual strategies, offering readers a preview of the steps necessary to develop laws and policies that will promote genuine sustainability.
Klaus Bosselmann, PhD, is Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and Founding Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law since its establishment in 1999. He is Chair of the Ethics Specialist Group of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and Co-Chair of the Global Ecological Integrity Group, a network of 250 environmental scholars. He has authored or edited 24 books on environmental law, political ecology, and sustainability law and governance; his numerous articles appeared in many of the world's leading law journals. In 2009, he was the Inaugural Winner of the Senior Scholarship Prize of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, the global body of environmental law scholarship.