Special Issue "The Law of Climate Change and Biodiversity Protection"


A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2012)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. J.B. Ruhl
Law School, Vanderbilt University, 131 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Website: http://law.vanderbilt.edu/faculty/faculty-detail/index.aspx?faculty_id=360
E-Mail: j.b.ruhl@vanderbilt.edu
Phone: +1 615 322 6500
Fax: +1 615 322 6631
Interests: climate change adaptation; ecosystem services; endangered species; complex systems theory; land use

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biodiversity conservation law and policy has been built around an assumption that nature’s dynamic equilibrium, while incorporating change, fluctuates within a relatively stable envelope of variability. Climate change will render that “stationarity” assumption obsolete, meaning biodiversity law and policy over the next century will confront a no-analog future of transforming ecosystems and migrating species.  What relevance will familiar policy concepts of preservation, natural conditions, historic baselines, and invasive species have over time as climate change intervenes to impose a regime of constant change across all ecological dimensions? What goals will law and policy set for public resource managers, and what conservation demands will the law place on private landowners? How can legal measures protect species likely to be doomed by climate change unless we intervene? These are pressing questions for biodiversity law and policy as climate change begins already to take hold and impose changes never before anticipated as requiring legal and policy attention, thus it is fitting that Diversity devote an issue to the topic of The Law of Climate Change and Biodiversity Protection.

Prof. Dr. J. B. Ru
Guest Editor


  • climate change
  • biodiversity law
  • stationarity
  • invasive species
  • preservation
  • natural conditions

Published Papers (3 papers)

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Diversity 2012, 4(2), 164-178; doi:10.3390/d4020164
Received: 13 February 2012; in revised form: 20 March 2012 / Accepted: 21 March 2012 / Published: 30 March 2012
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Diversity 2012, 4(2), 224-238; doi:10.3390/d4020224
Received: 19 March 2012; in revised form: 9 May 2012 / Accepted: 14 May 2012 / Published: 18 May 2012
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Diversity 2012, 4(3), 258-300; doi:10.3390/d4030258
Received: 21 April 2012; in revised form: 4 June 2012 / Accepted: 14 June 2012 / Published: 25 June 2012
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