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International Environmental Law and Asian Values

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ISBN13: 9780774810562
ISBN: 0774810564
Published: July 2006
Publisher: UBC Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £78.00

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.

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