The Aarhus Convention: towards environmental solidarisation

Weaver, Duncan (2023) The Aarhus Convention: towards environmental solidarisation. Environmental Politics and Theory . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland. ISBN 9783031435355

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The Aarhus Convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters has been celebrated as a pioneering international environmental agreement. Given that a quarter-century has passed since Aarhus was opened for signature, now is an opportune moment to revisit it from a fresh perspective. Marking this anniversary, this book explores Aarhus from the vista of the English School of International Relations, an ethically-minded perspective used to gauge the prevalence of state-oriented and human-oriented progress from the Convention's rationales and realities. It firstly considers Aarhus' propagation, investigating the legal, diplomatic and geopolitical contexts enabling its emergence. It secondly investigates Aarhus' germination, with reference to its trinity of procedural rights. Thirdly, the book examines the Convention's growth, in terms of the development of its organisational infrastructure. The chief finding is that Aarhus demonstrates, in environmental contexts, the feasibility and benefit of fostering 'humankind' solidarist progress, rooted in moral cosmopolitanism, within the existing power arrangements of a sovereignty-based pluralism. Pluralist concerns for diversity and international order are found to be a precondition for more ethically ambitious solidarist endeavours. These observations reinforce the logic of solidarisation, an English School innovation that presents sovereignty as (a) being ethically matured by solidarism whilst (b) delimiting solidarism within the threshold of states' tolerance.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aarhus Convention, environmental politics, environmental law, International environmental politics, diplomacy, cosmopolitanism, communitarianism, climate change, NGO, sovereignty
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Duncan Weaver
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2023 10:42
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2023 10:42

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