Amazonia Book

Few topics are so large yet so uncovered in academic literature as the Amazon Basin. Some nine South American states, hundreds of groups of indigenous peoples, dozens of multinational corporations, and the world’s climate are all involved. This book shall help explore how engaged scholarship can help inform and call to action stakeholders, students, professionals and public policy makers.

This book is based on an international interdisciplinary conference held in San Diego on May 7 and 8, 2010. The conference, co-sponsored by the Center for Creative Problem Solving at California Western School of Law and University of California, San Diego’s Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS), was titled “Environment and the Law in Amazonia: A Plurilateral Encounter”. The book to be published in 2012 by Sussex Academic Press in the United Kingdom will be edited by Professor James Cooper of California Western School of Law and Professor Christine Hunefeldt-Frode who directed CILAS from 2006 to 2010.

California Western Professor William Aceves and Professor Richard Finkmoore, along with Professor Cooper, are all chapter contributors. So are Professors Nancy Postero of UCSD, Stefano Varese of UC, Davis, and Swedish and U.S. National Public Radio’s Claes Andreasson. Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow, President Emeritus of the Institute of the Americas, is providing the concluding chapter, as he was keynote speaker in the May 2010 conference. Scholars from Caracas, Lima, and Rio de Janeiro explore Amazonia in a virtual and real way.