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When Environmental Protection and Human Rights Collide The Politics of Conflict Management by Regional Courts

By: Marie-Catherine Petersmann(Author)
304 pages
When Environmental Protection and Human Rights Collide
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  • When Environmental Protection and Human Rights Collide ISBN: 9781316515808 Hardback Oct 2022 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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Conflicts between environmental protection laws and human rights present delicate trade-offs when concerns for social and ecological justice are increasingly intertwined. This book retraces how the legal ordering of environmental protection evolved over time and progressively merged with human rights concerns, thereby leading to a synergistic framing of their relation. It explores the world-making effects this framing performed by establishing how 'humans' ought to relate to 'nature', and examines the role played by legislators, experts and adjudicators in (re)producing it. While it questions, contextualises and problematises how and why this dominant framing was construed, it also reveals how the conflicts that underpin this relationship – and the victims they affect – mainly remained unseen. The analysis critically evaluates the argumentative tropes and adjudicative strategies used in the environmental case-law of regional courts to understand how these conflicts are judicially mediated, thereby opening space for new modes of politics, legal imagination and representation.


Part I. Constructing Synergies – Framing the Environment – Human Rights Interface:
1. Narratives of environmental and human rights protection – from a 'Pristine Wilderness' to a 'Human Environment'
2. Horizons of synergy – adjudicating environmental and human rights protection
3. Constructing and contesting anthropocentric synergies
4. Countering the dominant frame – an account of trade-offs and tensions

Part II. Conflict Mediation through Universalisation:
5. The general interest as universalisation strategy
6. Expert knowledge as universalisation strategy

Customer Reviews


Marie-Catherine Petersmann is a Senior Researcher at the Department of Public Law and Governance at Tilburg University. Her research focuses on non-anthropocentric normativities and modes of co-existence with nonhumans. It lies at the intersection of legal theory, ecological philosophy, and political ecology. She holds a PhD and LLM in International and European Law from the European University Institute in Florence and an MA in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

By: Marie-Catherine Petersmann(Author)
304 pages
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"We know that environmental pollution harms human lives, but can environmental protection also harm? Marie Petersmann incisively shows us that not all environmentalisms are alike, and that those privileged by international law and courts move between a narrow range, from conservative neo-Malthusianism to liberal sustainable development. These environmentalisms code perceptions of human-nature relationships, of how to know the world and be in it, and of evidence and expertise, that crowd out what Joan Martinez-Alier calls 'the environmentalism of the poor'. In analysis both powerful and poignant, Petersmann dissects the development of this mainstream of environmental protection, and who and what it excludes, and opens paths to new possibilities. A terrific and essential book."
– Surabhi Ranganathan, University of Cambridge

"At a moment when environmental and human rights norms are becoming ever more intertwined, this book makes a timely and crucial scholarly and political intervention by investigating the points of dissonance, tensions and trade-offs between these regimes. Petersmann persuasively shows the limitations of this anthropocentric normative synthesis, and draws on a rich body of interdisciplinary feminist, decolonial and post-human scholarship to open possibilities for a different legal language and practice of care for more-than-human worlds. This book is compulsory reading for those wanting to re-imagine legal relations in the Anthropocene."
– Julia Dehm, La Trobe University

"Laws that protect human rights and laws that protect the environment are growing ever closer. As we live through alarming ecological decline, theorists and practitioners are keen to point to normative convergence. Yet what is lost by this synergistic framing? Petersmann's original and compelling legal analysis, which draws on the case law of regional human rights courts as well as anthropology, geography and political theory, demonstrates the high stakes of the inquiry, and impels new thinking about the relationship between human rights and environmental protection."
– Margaret Young, University of Melbourne

"This scholarly, well-argued, and thought-provoking book rightly problematises uncritical assertions of 'synergy' between human rights and 'the environment' and exposes tacit imaginaries facilitating the on-going absorption of environmental concerns into human rights law. Petersmann draws timely and necessary attention to normative conflicts that are all too often over-looked. Theoretically astute and doctrinally informed, this book is simultaneously critical, affirmative and future-facing. It is a powerful contribution to the field."
– Anna Grear, Cardiff University

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