Winston Anderson, Principles of Caribbean Environmental Law. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Law Institute, 2012. Pp. v, 385. $89.95.
This textbook provides an overview of the basic rules governing environmental issues in the fifteen countries comprising the Caribbean Community. The author, a judge on the Caribbean Court of Justice since 2010, reviews Caribbean environmental regulation on a number of levels, including analysis of constitutional, statutory and common law. The work also details the approaches of the Caribbean Community to specific environmental issues including pollution, urban planning and protection of endangered species.
Lisa Forman and Jillian Clarke Kohler, Access to Medicines as a Human Right: Implications for Pharmaceutical Industry Responsibility. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. Pp. vii, 214. $60.00.
The editors of this work seek to answer the important question whether pharmaceutical companies have a moral or legal duty to provide affordable medication to the large number of people, mostly in developing countries, who lack access to vital medicine. This interdisciplinary collection takes a three-part approach to the question. First, it explores the legal and ethical norms of pharmaceutical companies in relation to improving access to medicine. Second, it addresses the fundamental problem of pharmaceutical companies’ dual responsibilities to society at large, and to shareholders and other members of the business community. Finally, it presents two case studies to show how access to medicine can be improved.