Criminology, war and environmental despoliation

O'Sullivan, Carmel & Walters, Reece (2016) Criminology, war and environmental despoliation. In McGarry, Ross & Walklate, Sandra (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and War. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp. 79-96.

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The environment is a largely unspoken victim of war. Our soil, rivers, seas, forests and atmosphere have all been damaged by armed conflict. In some cases, this damage persists for decades. The international legal framework for the protection of the environment during war is piecemeal, limited to very specific conditions and incapable of preserving the environment in a large number of circumstances. Despite the inadequacies of the law and the fact that the harm caused to the environment is a global issue that affects the health, prosperity and future of millions of people, criminological literature is predominantly silent on this issue. In response, this chapter draws on green criminology and victimology discourses to examine the exploitation and destruction of the environment during armed conflict.

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ID Code: 98932
Item Type: Book Chapter
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DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-43170-7_5
ISBN: 9781137431707
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Springer
Deposited On: 20 Sep 2016 22:43
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2017 02:59

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