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Human Health and Ecological Integrity
Ethics, Law and Human Rights
Edited by Laura Westra, Colin Soskolne and Donald Spady
About the book
The connection between environment and health has been well studied and
documented, particularly by the World Health Organization. It is now being
included in some legal instruments, although for the most part case law does not
explicitly make that connection. Neither the right to life nor the right to health or to
normal development are actually cited in the resolution of cases and in the judges'
This volume makes the connection explicit in a broad review of human rights and legal
issues associated with public health and the environment. This will be particularly
useful as many legal instruments emphasize the right to "development" without fully
discussing the necessary safety and public health aspects, and the respect for the
ecology of any area where such "development" (often unwanted by local or indigenous
communities) is to be located. Climate change is another grave variable that is
considered and several chapters address the interface between human health and
ecological conditions. Overall the book integrates perspectives from a wide range of
disciplines, including ethics, ecology, public health and epidemiology, human rights
and law.
Laura Westra is Professor Emerita (Philosophy) at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and Sessional Instructor, Faculty of
Law, University of Milano (Bicocca), Italy.
Colin Soskolne is Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Canada.
Donald Spady is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and an Adjunct Associate
Professor of Public Health in the School of Public Health, both at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Table of contents
Part 1: Health and the Environment 1. Life, Health and the Environment: the Denied Connection Laura Westra 2. Keeping Nature Alive: Ethical
Principles on the Environment and Human Health in State Statutes Katy Kintzele 3. Human Rights, Environmental Duties: An Ecological
Interpretation of International Law Megan Mitchell 4. The Common Heritage Principle and Public Health: Honouring our Legacy Prue Taylor 5. Aldo
Leopold’s Concept of Land Health: Implications for Sound Public Health Policy Paul Carrick Part 2: Ecosystem Services and State Responsibility for
Public Health 6. Valuation Ecosystem Services as an Instrument for Implementation of the European Landscape Convention Joseph Sejak, Pavel
Cudlin and Jan Pokorný 7 . Less Energy, Better Health? Jack Manno 8. Canada’s "Rogue Nation" Position on Asbestos Colin L. Soskolne and
Kathleen Ruff 9. Public Health and Primary Prevention: Past and Present Opportunities and Barriers Vladimir Bencko and John Quinn Part 3: Public
Health Issues 10. Public Health Care in the Time of Transition: the Need to Revert to Basics. Donald Spady 11. Migrants’ Access to Healthcare in the
Czech Republic: Ethical Challenges Helena Hnilicová and Karolína Dobiášová 12. Gender, Violation of Human Rights and Mental Health Yuliya
Lyamzina 13 .The Efficiency of Cost-Control Policies in Health Care: Does Economic Efficiency Imply Sustainability? Tomas Zeleny Part 4: Climate
Change, Water and Public Health 14. Ethical Obligations of Individuals to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Don Brown 15. Domains of Climate
Ethics Konrad Ott and Cristian Baatz 16 . Climate Change and Law: A Constitutional Perspective Antonio D’Aloia 17. International Groundwater
Law Joe Dellapenna . 18. Environmental Protection and the Human Right to Water: Complimentarity and Tension. Part 5: New Approaches 19.
The Challenges of Creating New Human Rights Kathleen Mahoney 20. The Protection of Cultural Landscapes and Indigenous Heritage in
International Investment Law Valentina Vadi 21. "Some for All, Forever": A Southern Perspective on Poverty, Access to Water, Environmental
Health and the North-South Divide Louis J. Kotzé Part 6: Environmental Laws and Human Health 22. Are Cows "Climate Killers?" Franz-Theo
Gottwald 23. Food Security, Public Health, Financial Regimes and International Law John Quinn and Vladimir Bencko 24. Re-Examining Health
Protection in International Environmental Regulation William Onzivu 25. The Human Impact on the Ecosystem: Past, Present and Future Brunetto
Chiarelli 26. Introducing the Rule of Ecological Law Geoffrey Garver
May 2012| 368 pages | Hardback 978-0-415-50427-0| £85.00 £68.00

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