Friend or Foe? International Environmental Law and its Structural Complicity in the Anthropocene’s Climate Injustices

Kotze, Louis, French, Duncan and du Troit, Louise (2021) Friend or Foe? International Environmental Law and its Structural Complicity in the Anthropocene’s Climate Injustices. Oñati Socio-Legal Series . ISSN 2079-5971

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In this paper, we focus on the structural complicity of international environmental law (IEL) in causing and exacerbating climate injustices. We aim to show that although the intentions behind IEL may be well-meaning, it often inadvertently, but also deliberately at times, plays a role in creating, sustaining and exacerbating the many paradigms that drive climate injustice in the Anthropocene. We focus on three aspects: IEL’s neoliberal anthropocentrism; its entanglement with (neo)colonialism; and its entrenchment of the sovereign right to exploit energy resources. We conclude with a call for thoroughgoing, and urgent, reform of IEL.

Keywords:international environmental law, Anthropocene, climate change, climate injustice
Subjects:M Law > M100 Law by area
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Law School
ID Code:41072
Deposited On:07 Jul 2020 14:34

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