Free Trade Agreements, Private Courts and Environmental Exploitation: Disconnected Policies, Denials and Moral Disengagement

  • Nigel South University of Essex

Abstract

Although there is strong scientific consensus that climate change and environmental degradation are occurring, there is also a significant body of opinion that is sceptical about, or denies the validity of, evidence for this. However it is not solely the nature of differing views about global warming or ecological disaster that is being contested but the case for or against intervention and regulation in the market. At an international level, gestures toward ‘sustainability’ are (i) compromised by combining them with declarations of the need for continued economic growth, and (ii) undermined by the arrangements put in place by existing and new transnational trade agreements. The paper examines these views and developments, and the patterns of denial, disconnection and fragmentation they display.

Published
Dec 1, 2016
How to Cite
SOUTH, Nigel. Free Trade Agreements, Private Courts and Environmental Exploitation: Disconnected Policies, Denials and Moral Disengagement. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 4, p. 45-59, dec. 2016. ISSN 2202-8005. Available at: <https://www.crimejusticejournal.com/article/view/307>. Date accessed: 28 july 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5204/ijcjsd.v5i4.307.

Keywords

Denial, power; free trade agreements; private courts; environment; climate change; north-south relations.
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