Human health and ecological integrity: Ethics, law and human rights

Laura Westra, Colin L. Soskolne, Donald W. Spady

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Abstract

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 caselaw does not explicitly make that connection. Neither the right to life nor the rights to health or to normal development are actually cited in the resolution of cases and in judges' decisions. This volume makes the connection explicit in a broad review of human rights and legal issues associated with public health and the environment. It 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 pressing 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, and human rights and law.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages360
ISBN (Print)9780203128404
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Westra, L., Soskolne, C. L., & Spady, D. W. (2012). Human health and ecological integrity: Ethics, law and human rights. London: Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203128404
Westra, Laura ; Soskolne, Colin L. ; Spady, Donald W. / Human health and ecological integrity: Ethics, law and human rights. London : Taylor & Francis, 2012. 360 p.
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Westra L, Soskolne CL, Spady DW. Human health and ecological integrity: Ethics, law and human rights. London: Taylor & Francis, 2012. 360 p. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203128404