Eco ACCESO engages in public discourse on trade and development, monitors treaty compliance, gathers evidence, and educates the public about environmental protection and how to best enforce green/legal practices.
We are offering innovative solutions involving original communities, local authorities, national governments, and international institutions. We do so with respect for biodiversity, traditional knowledge, sustainable development and other usos y costumbres.
We help ensure that the supply chain for the goods we consume conforms to international standards for labor, environment and human rights protections. Eco ACCESO builds our legal capacity to protect the environment.
In April 2013, a new edited, interdisciplinary collection about the role of law and the environment in the Amazon region, was published by Sussex Academic Press in the United Kingdom.
Co-edited by ACCESO Director Professor James Cooper, and Professor Christine Hunefeldt of the Department of History of the University of California, San Diego, the book is the result of an international conference in May 2010, which was co-sponsored by the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies at UC, San Diego and the International Legal Studies Program at California Western School of Law with support from Title VI of the U.S. Department of Education.
The book is a collection of essays from the various experts including journalists, diplomats, academicians, geographers and social scientists as well as lawyers. It is truly an interdisciplinary effort and includes a DVD with two films - one by Renzo Zanelli and one by James Cooper, a professor at California Western and one of the book's co-editors.
Claes Andreasson, of Swedish and US National Public Radio, wrote a chapter and narrated one of the videos on the DVD. He passed away during the final stage of editing of this book and the book is dedicated to his memory.
Amazoniais transnational in nature and reflective of the changing landscape of legal practice today. Increasingly, our lawyers are being asked to help solve problems that transcend border and legal cultures and challenge traditional state actors and institutions. “By providing many perspectives by so many nationalities, this book contributes to the expanding literature that links indigenous activism, corporate profiteering, and regional problem-solving.
Traditionally books about the environment are not inclusive of this many perspective and the kind of plurilateral thinking that went on at the May 2010 conference as reflected in this volume,” explained James Cooper.