Ecological Governance: Reappraising Law's Role in Protecting Ecosystem Functionality

Olivia Woolley

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Ecological degradation has been an object of concern for the international community since the early 1970s, but legal approaches that have been employed to improve the protection of ecosystems have failed to halt this decline. Ecological Governance explores how the law should respond to this rapid global deterioration of ecosystems by examining the foundational scientific and ethical considerations for designing laws that are effective for ecological protection. Based on these analyses, it argues that developed states should prioritise the reduction of the ecological stresses for which they are responsible in decision-making on their future courses. The author also proposes structures for governance and associated legal frameworks that would enable the formulation and implementation of policies for ecological sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages272
ISBN (Electronic)9781316191286
ISBN (Print)9781107060456, 9781107630512
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014


  • ecosystem protection
  • governance
  • precaution
  • public participation


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