Governing Prometheans in the Anthropocene: Three Proposals to Reform International Environmental Law

Kotzé, Louis (2022). Governing Prometheans in the Anthropocene: Three Proposals to Reform International Environmental Law. Reimagining the Human-Environment Relationship. UN University and UN Environment Programme.

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    Author Kotzé, Louis
    Title Governing Prometheans in the Anthropocene: Three Proposals to Reform International Environmental Law
    Series Title Reimagining the Human-Environment Relationship
    Publication Date 2022-05-25
    Place of Publication New York and Geneva
    Publisher UN University and UN Environment Programme
    Pages 30
    Language eng
    Abstract This paper discusses the deeply intertwined role of international environmental law (IEL) in creating and exacerbating the Anthropocene’s socioecological dilemma, as well as IEL’s inability to address this dilemma and to offer regulatory interventions that can meaningfully craft sustainable and just futures. For the purpose of context, the paper first explores the notion of the Anthropocene, and shows how it represents a new context for thinking about IEL and governance at a planetary scale. The discussion then reveals how IEL, despite some victories, has been unable to ensure planetary integrity and address injustice on a global scale. It specifically focuses on the inability of IEL to embrace systematicity; the anthropocentrism of IEL; and IEL’s lack of ambition. The final part explores possible reformative pathways in pursuit of IEL for the Anthropocene. For this purpose, the paper explores Earth system-oriented paradigms of law and governance that are based on Earth system science. The discussion then explores alternative ecocentric-oriented approaches of seeing, being, and knowing that can replace the anthropocentric epistemologies of exploitation that IEL explicitly embraces. The discussion finally reflects on ways in which IEL could raise its normative ambition.
    UNBIS Thesaurus ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
    EARTH SCIENCES
    CLIMATE
    CLIMATE CHANGE
    ENVIRONMENT
    INTERNATIONAL LAW
    Keyword Stockholm+50
    Stockholm Convention
    Climate Action
    International environmental law
    Earth system
    Earth system governance
    Anthropocene
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2022
    Copyright type Creative commons
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