A Global Environmental Constitution for the Anthropocene?

Kotze, Louis (2019) A Global Environmental Constitution for the Anthropocene? Transnational Environmental Law, 8 (1). pp. 11-33. ISSN 2047-1025

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/S2047102518000274

A Global Environmental Constitution for the Anthropocene?
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International environmental law (IEL) has been unable to effectively respond to the Anthropocene’s global socio-ecological crisis, which is critically existential and requires radical interventions and regulatory reform. This article explores the potential of the recent United Nations (UN)-backed initiative to adopt a Global Pact for the Environment as an opportunity to reform IEL. It does so by: i) reflecting on the Anthropocene’s demands for a constitutionalized form of IEL through the lens of global environmental constitutionalism; ii) investigating the extent to which the Global Pact could contribute to such a vision; and iii) suggesting ways in which to strengthen the constitutional potential of the Global Pact in this endeavour. To this end, the article revisits the World Charter for Nature of 1982, which seems to have slipped off the radar in academic as well as policy circles. A case is made in renewed support of the Charter, which already enjoys the backing of the majority of UN General Assembly member states, and which has constitutional qualities, to serve as a ‘best-practice’ example during the ensuing negotiation of the Global Pact.

Additional Information:The final published version of this article can be accessed online https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/transnational-environmental-law
Keywords:Anthropocene, International environmental law
Subjects:M Law > M100 Law by area
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Law School
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Deposited On:22 Oct 2018 13:05

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