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The Laws of Nature

Reflections on the Evolution of Ecosystem Management Law & Policy

Kalyani Robbins

322 pages
University of Akron Press
This timely collection written by an interdisciplinary array of law professors, who specialize in legal and policy issues surrounding ecosystem management, and scholars and practitioners in areas such as environmental policy and planning, conservation, economics, and biology explore why ecosystems must be valued and managed in their own right. The importance of ecosystems has been underestimated. We cannot simply hope ecosystems will benefit from legislation focused on other environmental and natural resource protections, such as those for wildlife, trees, air and water. An ecosystem, a community of organisms together with their physical environment, viewed as a system of interacting and interdependent relationships, has its own intricate administrative issues. Edited by Kalyani Robbins, a law professor, The Laws of Nature investigates how ecosystems function, their value to humans and wildlife, and what factors affect ecosystems' survival. This analysis is coupled with cutting-edge theories and regulatory proposals from legal scholars who study ecosystem questions. In the end, a thorough and multi-disciplinary understanding of the importance of ecosystem is presented.
Author Bio
Kalyani Robbins is an Assistant Professor at The University of Akron School of Law in 2008. Professor Robbins teaches Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, and Criminal Law, as well as various related seminars. She has focused much of her research on Wildlife Law and the intersection of Law, Science, and the Environment.