Academy Publications


Contributors: C.D. Aceves-Ávila, D. Behn, K. Bubna-Litic, M.A. Cohen, E. Couzens, J.J. Gonzalez Marquez, S. Gruber, O.F. Jáuregui, M. Kidd, Y. Le Bouthillier, P. Martin, A. Mumma, L.C. Paddock, C.G. Pring, G.W. Pring, S. Sabzwari, D.N. Scott, D. Shelton, S.L. Smith

 Edited by Yves Le Bouthillier, University of Ottawa, Canada, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa, Jose Juan Gonzalez Marquez, Universidad Autónoma Albert Mumma, University of Susan Smith Miriam Alfie CohenMexico, Metropolitana, Azcapotzalco, Mexico, Nairobi, Kenya and, Willamette University, US.

There is every reason to believe that these issues are in many ways interdependent. However this book demonstrates that there are situations where alleviation of poverty and the protection of the environment appear to be in a fraught relationship. The contributing authors illustrate that the role played by law in this relationship, whether at the international or national level, will vary depending on the situation and will be more successful at pursuing environmental justice in some cases than in others.

This interdisciplinary study will appeal to academics and students in environmental law and other environmental disciplines, environmental policymakers and NGOs interested in issues of poverty, environment and indigenous peoples.

This timely book explores the complex relationship between the alleviation of poverty and the protection of the environment.

ISBN and details > 2012  368 pp 

  • Hardback  978 1 78100 328 2  £93.00 2013 
  • Paperback  978 1 78195 335 8  £35.00 
  • eBook 978 1 78100 329 9 $42.21 2012

‘The subject of poverty cannot be ignored by environmentalists as the poor are the most affected by the diverse impacts of environmental degradation and climate change such as on water, natural resources and cultural heritage sites. In addition, slum dwellings exacerbate the plight of the poor. The book is a collection of diverse topics by renowned environmental legal experts which deal with the relationship between the alleviation of poverty and the protection of the environment. Each writer addresses the challenges raised in various issues and recommends solutions which range from linking with human rights, the need for public participation, the role of environmental courts and other mechanisms.’

– Koh Kheng-Lian, National University of Singapore

‘The complex, uneven and challenging relationships between poverty alleviation and environmental regulation are impossible to trace in a single book but this collection brings a carefully selected set of policy-relevant, context-responsive, practical legal analyses to bear in a fresh examination of the present and future challenges involved. This is a timely contribution in the search for regulatory responses that alleviate rather than exacerbate the myriad forms of adaptation apartheid now so painfully evident in the relationship between poverty, injustice and environmental degradation.’

– Anna Grear, University of Waikato, New Zealand