Shawkat Alam, Sumudu Atapattu, Carmen G. Gonzalez, Jona Razzaque - Cambridge University Press, 2015
The unprecedented degradation of the planet's vital ecosystems is among the most pressing issues confronting the international community. Despite the proliferation of legal instruments to combat environmental problems, conflicts between rich and poor nations (the North-South divide) have compromised international environmental law, leading to deadlocks in environmental treaty negotiations and noncompliance with existing agreements. This volume examines both the historical origins of the North-South divide in European colonialism as well as its contemporary manifestations in a range of issues including food justice, energy justice, indigenous rights, trade, investment, extractive industries, human rights, land grabs, hazardous waste, and climate change. Born out of the recognition that global inequality and profligate consumerism present threats to a sustainable planet, this book makes a unique contribution to international environmental law by emphasizing the priorities and perspectives of the global South.The most comprehensive study to date to address the North-South divide in international environmental law
Historical background shows how the current North-South divide grew out of and is in some ways an extension of Western colonialism
Includes a diverse range of perspectives with contributing authors based on five continents.