Laura Westra did her undergraduate and graduate work in philosophy, and she received her Ph.D. from the
University of Toronto in 1983. IN 2005 she received her second Ph.D. in Jurisprudence at Osgoode Hall Law School,
and her new doctoral thesis was published in 2004. She is the founder of the Global Ecological Integrity Group
(GEIG), and has organized several conferences of that group in conjunction with the IUCN Commission on Law and
Environment (CEL), Special Ethics Group (ESG), to which she belongs for the last five years. She has been
reinstated at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, in 2008.
She has been teaching International Environmental Law and Environmental Law since 2009.
Westra has taught in both Canada and the U.S. from 1983 to 2000, and her last full time position was Endowed Chair of
Environmental Studies at Sarah Larence College (NY).She is presently teaching Environmental Law at the University of
Windsor as a Sessional Instructor, and International Environmental Law and Human Rights at the University Parma (Italy).
She has taught International Environmental Law at the University of Milano (Bicocca), 2009-2013, and was Visiting
Professor at the University of Trento ,Faculty of Jurisprudence, in 2013.
She has held offices/served in the International Society for Environmental Ethics, the science for Peace Group,
the Occupational Ethics Group, the Society for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (Ontario),
the York centre for Applied Sustainability. She is on the Editorial Board of many philosophical and scientific journals,
including Environmental Ethics, Environmental Values, the Journal of Ecosystem Health and Global Bioethics. She has
been a member of many boards and committees, including the IUCN Commission for Environmental Strategy and Planning,
the NSERC/SSHRC Board, the NSF (USA), and the Planning and Implementation Group for the Earth Charter.
Westra has been the Principal Investigator for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (1992-1999) and
for NATO?s Advanced Scientific Research Workshop, for the Global Ecological Integrity Project (now the Global Ecological
Integrity Group, which she directs. IN that capacity she has been organizing a meeting of that group each year, at the
invitation of many Universities in Canada and Europe.She has won several fellowships including the Harley D. Hallett
Fellowship to pursue a law degree, and was funded again by SSHRC fr her second doctorate in Jurisprudence (2001-2004).
She has been a consultant for the World Health Organization, the University of Peace (Costa Rica) and the Ontario Government
and she has successfully worked on environmental justice together with the lawyers for an African-American community in
Birmingham ,Ala. She was legal consultant for a Health Canada Grant (2004-2006 on Governance Instruments and Child Health:
Informing Canadian Policy); and Post-Doctoral Student on another SSHRC Grant on "Controlling Ecoviolence : Linkng Consumption
and the Loss of Ecological Integrity to Population, Health, Ecojustice and International Law (2004-2007; University of British
Columbia, PI William Rees). She was Post-Doctoral Student with Bradford Morse, University of Ottawa on Public Health and
Indigenous Peoples (SSHRC Grant).
Most of Westra?s work is on environmental policy and law, with special emphasis on human rights and global justice.
Westra has published more than 92 articles and chapter in books, and is the author or editor of 38 books and collections.
Some of her more relevant works are:
- Ecological Integrity and Global Governance, Laura Westra, Routledge, (2016)
- Towards a Refugee Oriented Right of Asylum, Laura Westra, Satvinder Juss, Tullio Scovazzi, Ashgate (2015)
- Child Law: Children's Rights and Collective Obligations, Laura Westra, Springer, (2014)
- Revolt Against Authority, Laura Westra, Brill, (2014)
Confronting Ecological and Economic Collapse: Ecological Integrity for Law, Policy and Human Rights,
Edited by Laura Westra, Prue Taylor, and Agnès Michelot, Routledge, 2013
The Supranational Corporation: Beyond the Multinationals, Brill, Leyden, The Netherlands, 2013
"Faces" of State Terrorism, Brill, Leyden, The Netherlands, 2012
Human Health and Ecological Integrity (Ethics, Law and Human Rights), L. Westra, C. Soskolne and D. Spady, eds., 2012
Human Rights: the "Commons" and the Collective, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, BC, 2011
Globalisation and Ecological Integrity in Science and International Law, Laura Westra,
Klaus Bosselmann and Colin Soskolne eds., Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Globalization, Violence and Word Governance, Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, May 2011
Democracy, Ecological Integrity and International Law, J. Ron Engel, Laura Westra, and Klaus Bosselmann eds,
Cambridge Scholars Press, London, UK, June 2010
Environmental Justice and the Rights of Ecological Refugees, Earthscan Publishers, London, UK, July 2009
Reconciling Human Existence with Ecological Integrity
(15th Anniversary Collection of the Global Ecological Integrity Group), Earthscan, July 2008, Laura Westra,
Klaus Bosselmann and Richard Westra, Editors.
Environmental Justice and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - International and Domestic Law Perspectives,
Earthscan Publishers, London, UK, 2007
Sustaining Life On Earth: Environmental and Human Health Through Global Governance, 2007. Editor in Chief:
Colin L. Soskolne, Co-Editors: Laura Westra, Louis J. Kotzé; Brendan Mackey; William E. Rees; and Richard Westra,
Lexington Books, Maryland, USA
Environmental Justice And The Rights Of Unborn And Future Generations - Law, Environmental Harm And The Right To Health,
2006, Earthscan Publications, UK.
Ecoviolence & The Law (Supranational Normative Foundations of Ecocrime), 2004, Transnational Publishers, Inc., Ardsley, N.Y.
Thinking About the Environment: Our Debt to the Classical and Medieval Past, 2002; Laura Westra and Thomas Robinson eds.,
Lexington Books, Lanham, MD.
Just Ecological Integrity: The Ethics of Maintaining Planetary Life, 2002, eds. Peter Miller, and Laura Westra,
Rowman Littlefield Publishers Inc., Lanham, MD.
Faces of Environmental Racism: Confronting Issues of Global Justice, 2001 2nd ed. Eds., Laura Westra and Bill Lawson,
Rowman Littlefield Publishers Inc., Lanham, MD.
Implementing Ecological Integrity: Restoring Regional and global Environmental and Human Health, L. Westra,
Philippe Crabbe, Alan Holland and L. Ryczkowski, Eds. NATO Scientific Publications, Kluwer Academic Publishers,
Dordrecht, The Netherlands 2000.
Ecological lntegritv: lntegrating Environment, Conservation and Health. Island Press, Washington. D.C., 2900.
The Business of Consumption: Environmental Ethics and the Global Economy, L. Westra and P. Werhane,
eds. Rowman Littlefield Publishers Inc., Lanham. MD.,1998.
Living in Integrity: Toward a Global Ethic to Restore a Fragmented Earth, Rowman Littlefield, Lanham, MD, 1998.
Ecological Sustainability and Integrity: Concepts and Approaches, J. Lemons, L. Westra & Robert Goodland, eds. Kluwer Academic Publishers Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 1997.
Technology and Values, a collection of readings; eds. Kristin Shrader- Frechette and Laura Westra; with introduction to Ethics by Louis Pojman. Rowman Littlefield Publishers Inc., Lanham, MD, 1997.
Perspectives on Ecological Integrity, a collection of papers, one of which by L. Westra, plus introduction. Eds. Dr. John Lemons (Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 1995 (Product of SSHRC Grant, The Integrity Project).
Faces of Environmental Racism: Confronting Issues of Global Justice, Rowman Littlefield Publishers, Inc., Series on Social and Political Philosophy, editor, J. Sterba; a collection of essays, edited with introduction by Laura Westra; editor Peter Wenz, 1995.
The Principle of Integrity An Environmental Proposal for Ethics, Rowman Littlefield Publishers Inc., Lanham, MD, 1994.
Two books (1990 and 1999) on Ancient Philosophy