Bosselmann provides a critical analysis of the relation between Earth Trusteeship and state sovereignty. While the concept of state sovereignty emerged at a time of great distances and absolute national autonomy, in a globalised, interconnected world that utterly depends on the integrity of Earth’s ecological systems, absolute territorial sovereignty is counterproductive and potentially life threatening. Bosselmann argues that reconceptualising state sovereignty is timely and necessary. Sovereignty includes not just fiduciary and trusteeship obligations towards the state’s own citizens, but also towards humanity at large and Earth as a whole. The drafting of a Global Pact for the Environment offers an opportunity for institutionalising Earth Trusteeship at international and national levels. The chapter argues that the Global Pact for the Environment can be thought of an example of Earth Restorative Justice that is required to meet the urgent challenges of today.
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Bosselmann, K. (2022). Earth Trusteeship and the Sovereign State. In: Pali, B., Forsyth, M., Tepper, F. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Environmental Restorative Justice. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-04223-2_6
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