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International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

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


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.

Pages:45 to 59
Section: Articles


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Author Biography

Nigel South is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Criminology at the University of Essex, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. In 2013 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology, Division on Critical Criminology and in 2014 was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He currently serves as European Editor for the journal Critical Criminology. With Avi Brisman, he is co-editor of the Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology (2013), co-author of Green Cultural Criminology: Constructions of Environmental Harm, Consumerism, and Resistance to Ecocide (Routledge, 2014), and they are both co-editors, with Rob White, of Environmental Crime and Social Conflict: Contemporary and Emerging Issues (Ashgate, 2015).

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ISSN 2202-8005