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Blue Planet Law

The Ecology of our Economic and Technological World

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  • Promotes a future-oriented approach to Global Environmental Sustainability
  • Delivers a sophisticated interdisciplinary approach to the law of our fragile Blue Planet
  • Offers legal perspectives for the Anthropocene

Part of the book series: Sustainable Development Goals Series (SDGS)

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. Climate, Ocean and Biodiversity Protection

  2. Law, Policy and Ecological Sustainability


About this book

Blue Planet Law is the global and future-oriented environmental law that is necessary to face the global environmental crisis in the Anthropocene, assuming especially the link between climate action (SDG 13) and ocean sustainability (SDG 14). This open access book focuses on means of overcoming global environmental problems such as climate change, ocean degradation and biodiversity loss and the consequent risks for human life, health, food and wellbeing. It explores how environmental law, at the international, European and national levels, might set economic and technological development on a more sustainable path. Law must engage in dialogue with other areas such as philosophy, economics, ecology, and biology. This book highlights protection of the climate and the oceans and sustainable use of natural resources, through new policies, economies and technologies, including biotechnology, with a view to the preservation of life, health, food and a healthy environment for the present and future generations.   

The book may be seen as a contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 13 and 14 and a tribute to the Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, also known as the Stockholm Conference (1972), on its 50th Anniversary.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Lisbon School of Law, Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal

    Maria da Glória Garcia, António Cortês

About the editors

Maria da Glória Garcia is Emeritus Full Professor of Public Law at the Catholic University of Portugal, where she has also previously held the position of Dean of the Law Faculty and Rector of the University. Maria da Glória is a full member of the Academy of Sciences of Portugal, and her main fields of research are Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Environmental Law, and Public Policy Law.

António Cortês is Professor of Law at the Catholic University of Portugal, where he is Coordinator of the PhD Program in Law. He also coordinates the line of research: “See the Future: Sea, Environment and Natural Resources” at the Católica Research Centre for the Future of Law. His main fields of research are Philosophy of Law, General Principles of Law, Fundamental Rights and Human Rights, and Global Environmental Law.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Blue Planet Law

  • Book Subtitle: The Ecology of our Economic and Technological World

  • Editors: Maria da Glória Garcia, António Cortês

  • Series Title: Sustainable Development Goals Series

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Law and Criminology, Law and Criminology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-24887-0Published: 30 March 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-24890-0Published: 30 March 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-24888-7Published: 29 March 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2523-3084

  • Series E-ISSN: 2523-3092

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 285

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: International Environmental Law, Sustainable Development, Ecology, Oceanography

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