Sustainable Development

Towards a Judicial Interpretation


Sustainable development is the contemporary philosophy that is dominating the environmental protection movement. At a United Nations Conference in Johannesburg in 2002, sustainable development was defined as development that "promote[s] the integration of economic development, social development and environmental protection—as interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars." Sustainable Development: Towards a Judicial Interpretation examines the contribution of certain key aspects of environmental protection associated with the philosophy of sustainable development that has emerged in international, regional and national law including the right to a healthy environment. Topics include inter-generational equity, intra-generational equity, public participation in the developmental process, proper assessment of economic activities, the need for proper information, the precautionary principle, the polluter-pays principle, and access to justice.

Presenting a succinct examination of international, regional and national legal regimes that provide a basis for supporting environmental protection in the global community through sustainable development, this book will be indispensible to legal practitioners, scholars and students interested in environmental law.

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Rajendra Ramlogan, Ph.D. (2000) in International Environmental Law, Cambridge University, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. He has published extensively on environmental issues including The Developing World and the Environment.
Chapter 1: The Philosophical Evolution of Sustainable Development
Chapter 2: Precautionary Principle
Chapter 3: The Polluter Pays Principle
Chapter 4: The Right to a Healthy Environment
Chapter 5: Public Participation
Chapter 6: Intergenerational Equity
Chapter 7: Intragenerational Equity
Chapter 8: Access to Justice
Chapter 9: Where To?
For legal practitioners involved with environmental law from both a national and international perspective, and law students and researchers interested in locating primary materials on environmental law as it is emerging in different jurisdictions.
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