Environmental Law and Governance for the Anthropocene
Edited by: Louis Kotze
The era of eco-crises signified by the Anthropocene trope is marked by rapidly intensifying levels of complexity and unevenness, which collectively present unique regulatory challenges to law and governance. This volume sets out to address the currently under-theorised legal and consequent governance challenges presented by the emergence of the Anthropocene as a possible new geological epoch. While the epoch has yet to be formally confirmed, the trope and discourse of the Anthropocene undoubtedly already confront law and governance scholars with a unique challenge concerning the need to question, and ultimately re-imagine, law and governance interventions in the light of a new socio-ecological situation, the signs of which are increasingly apparent and urgent. This volume does not aspire to offer a univocal response to Anthropocene exigencies and phenomena. Any such attempt is, in any case, unlikely to do justice to the multiple implications and characteristics of Anthropocene forebodings. What it does is to invite an unrivalled group of leading law and governance scholars to reflect upon the Anthropocene and the implications of its discursive formation in an attempt to trace some initial, often radical, future-facing and imaginative implications for law and governance. 'Though there may be less understanding of the legal challenges presented by the Anthropocene than the more direct and dramatic biophysical changes the planet is sadly already experiencing, such legal challenges nevertheless there are. In this important edited collection, with contributions from some of the leading authors in their respective fields, we can begin to map out not only the enormity of the normative implications of the Anthropocene, but also a glimmer of hope; of humanity's capacity to respond ingeniously and creatively to the seemingly most intractable and urgent global problems.' Professor Duncan French, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom.
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