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In the history of how the law has dealt with environmental issues over the last century or so, the 1920s and 30s and the key role of the League of Nations in particular remain underexplored by scholars. By delving into the League's archives, Omer Aloni uncovers the story of how the interwar world expressed similar concerns to those of our own time in relation to nature, environmental challenges and human development, and reveals a missing link in understanding the roots of our ecological crisis. Charting the environmental regime of the League, he sheds new light on its role as a centre of surprising environmental dilemmas, initiatives, and solutions. Through a number of fascinating case studies, the hidden interests, perceptions, motivations, hopes, agendas and concerns of the League are revealed for the first time. Combining legal thought, historical archival research and environmental studies, a fascinating period in legal-environmental history is brought to life.
On the author:
Omer Aloni is Research and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bar-Ilan, Ramat-Gan, Israel. He received his Ph.D. from Tel-Aviv University (Faculty of Law). He holds research affiliations with the University of Potsdam, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (LMU Munich) and the Max Planck Institute. He was awarded the Tallinn Prize by the European Society for Environmental History for the best research in 2018 and 2019.