Re-imagining International Environmental Law for the Anthropocene Epoch: An Earth System Law Perspective

Du Toit, Louise and Kotze, Louis (2022) Re-imagining International Environmental Law for the Anthropocene Epoch: An Earth System Law Perspective. Earth System Governance . pp. 1-10. ISSN 2589-8116

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esg.2022.100132

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Abstract

Concerns have been raised regarding the ability of international environmental law to respond to potentially
irreversible earth system transformations in the Anthropocene. We argue that in order for international environmental
law to have the capacity to respond to the socio-ecological challenges of the Anthropocene, it should
embrace an earth system perspective. Earth system law, which is grounded in an earth system perspective, has
been proposed as a new epistemic framework to facilitate the legal transformations necessary to respond to such
socio-ecological challenges. With reference to recent developments in the international environmental law
domain, we discuss the ways in which international environmental law currently fails to align with such a
perspective and the types of considerations that international environmental law should reflect in order to be
more responsive to a transforming earth system and, thus, better fit-for-purpose in the Anthropocene.

Keywords:Earth system law, Anthropocene, international environmental law
Subjects:M Law > M210 Public Law
M Law > M130 Public International Law
Divisions:College of Social Science
ID Code:48766
Deposited On:11 Apr 2022 14:27

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