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Individual Paper: Towards degrowth law: when a sustainability paradigm needs legal institutions

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This contribution assesses in which situations the application of law is a precondition to address degrowth as one goal of a sustainable development. It first defines legal institutions in a broad sense including binding rules based on formal (written) as well as informal (non-written) sources. In terms of sustainable development the further assessment is conceptionally based on 3-D Sustainability, a decision support method for preliminarily prioritizing different options of action all contributing to a sustainable development. The contribution results in the presentation of the contexts between degrowth and the different elements as well as criteria provided by that method and inherent legal principles, such as the precautionary principle. In this way, it identifies Sufficiency, eco-effectiveness, ecological equity and socio-effectiveness as SD-criteria (of 3D-Sustainability) most relevant to reaching the degrowth goal by means of law. Additionally the contribution shows situations where intra-national and inter-national finetuning is essential in order to address a development towards degrowth.It further discusses the practical implications of these relationships, shows practical mixes between legal and other instruments and gives an outlook on further innovative applications of its results in terms of practical cases as well as additional challenges for research.

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Day: 2018-08-22
Start time: 11:00
Duration: 00:15
Room: Nöjesteatern (Piano bar)
Track: Politics of Degrowth

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