The Role of Integrity in the Governance of the Commons

Governance, Ecology, Law, Ethics

  • Laura Westra
  • Janice Gray
  • Franz-Theo Gottwald

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Governance for the Commons

  3. Human Security, Food and Water Issues

  4. Responsibility for Human Rights Breaches and Climate Change

  5. The “Anthropocene” and Sustainable Development

  6. Human Responsibility for Ethical Governance

About this book


This book explores the impact of disintegrity on various aspects of governance, as the disregard of ecological conditions produce grave direct effects to human rights (to water or food) and, indirectly, also to human security in several ways. International legal regimes need to be reconsidered and perhaps re-interpreted, in order to correct these situations that affect the commons today.

Some believe that our starting point should acknowledge the impact we already have on the natural world, and accept that we now live in the "anthropocene". Others think that the present emphasis on sustainable development needs to be re-defined. Finally, many believe that reconnecting with moral principles both in professional life and in governance in general represents a necessary first step.


Ecological integrity Green governance the commons The right to food The right to water Bioeconomy

Editors and affiliations

  • Laura Westra
    • 1
  • Janice Gray
    • 2
  • Franz-Theo Gottwald
    • 3
  1. 1.MapleCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of LawUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Schweisfurth-StiftungMunichGermany

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