chapter  10
Global environmental issues and socio-legal intervention
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Globalisation is a complex phenomenon with many different facets. The most powerful global institution is the transnational corporation. The context within which these organisations operate is fashioned through international convention and law, and global flows of information, people and finance, all of which have a major role in shaping what they do. Dealing with environmental harm will inevitably reflect deep social divisions and embody profound class conflicts. Social change thus will involve challenges to the basic institutions of late capitalism.