International Environmental Law and Asian Values: Legal Norms and Cultural Influences

International Environmental Law and Asian Values: Legal Norms and Cultural Influences

By: Roda Mushkat (author)Paperback

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Following decades of vigorous economic expansion, Asia is confronting the environmental consequences of unfettered development. This poses a challenge because of the strong bias of prevailing cultural systems in the region toward the goal of lifting standards of living over achieving ecological sustainability. This book juxtaposes international environmental norms and practices with relevant Asian policies and their applications in key areas. Roda Mushkat examines the fundamental principle of public participation in environmental law-making, as well as the "rights approach," against the emergence of democratic and human rights norms in the region. The complex relationship between trade and the environment is also discussed in light of the strong regional emphasis on economic growth, trade liberalization, and the aversion to conditionalities. Given regionalization processes in Asia-Pacific and elsewhere, this work seeks to establish to what extent such processes have led to the regionalization of international environmental law. International Environmental Law and Asian Values concludes that, although some gaps can be identified between international imperatives and regional responses, "Asian values" have not proved to be an insurmountable barrier to the spread of international environmental legal ideas. On the whole, the region is responding to impulses emanating from the global arena rather than resisting them consciously. The analysis and conclusions of this comprehensive and original work will be of considerable interest to scholars of international law and relations, environmental policy, comparative culture, economic development, and social change.

About Author

Roda Mushkat is Professor and Head of the Department of Law at the University of Hong Kong.


Foreword by Ved P. Nanda Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Culture and International Law 2 Cultural Relativism and the Asian Values Debate 3 Asian Values and Environmental Protection 4 A Regional Approach to International Environmental Norms? 5 Factors Affecting the Domestic Implementation of International Environmental Law in the Asia Pacific Region 6 The Impact of International Trade 7 The Effects of Globalization on the Implementation of International Environmental Law in the Asia PaciWc Region 8 Globalization of Norms and Regionalization of Implementation Conclusion Appendices Notes Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780774810579
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 284
  • ID: 9780774810579
  • weight: 360
  • ISBN10: 0774810572

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