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Kerri Woods: Human rights and environmental sustainability

Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2010, ISBN 9871848448537
  • Josh Gellers
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In Human Rights and Environmental Sustainability, Kerri Woods attempts to explicate the tensions between human rights and environmental sustainability through the lens of environmental ethics. Although such a task ultimately proves Sisyphean, Woods nonetheless makes several meaningful contributions to the debate within environmental ethics regarding the challenge of balancing economic globalization with environmental imperatives. In the introduction, Woods states her main intention—to assess the compatibility of human rights and environmental sustainability. She endeavors to accomplish this by critiquing both issues from the perspective of the other. In this sense, the book is foundationally philosophical and not empirical. However, this is not to say that Woods fails to apply her critique to the realities of modern life. Instead, she places her dialectical debate within the boundaries of the global economy and the international human rights regime. While Woods claims that her focus...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California, IrvineIrvineUSA

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