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Principles of International Environmental Law

3rd Edition


  • Date Published: May 2012
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521140935
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  • The third edition of this classic textbook offers comprehensive and critical commentary on international environmental law. It fully covers the key topics of the course and is clearly structured to include the history and framework in which international environmental law exists, key areas of regulation and implementation, links to other areas of law and future developments. It has been updated to incorporate all the latest developments in treaty and case law. Extensive feedback on previous editions results in a restructuring of material, including a new part focused on linkage to other areas of international law including human rights, international trade and foreign investment. There is also a new chapter on future developments charting the directions in which the subject is moving. Specialist authors writing on oceans, seas and fisheries and biodiversity add to the expertise of the two principal authors for an authoritative overview of the subject.

    • Leading textbook in an area of growing importance and complexity, an essential guide for students of international environmental law
    • Critical commentary on some of the world's most pressing problems including climate change, biodiversity and regulating pollution and waste
    • Looks at the contribution made by different groups – governments, courts and non-state actors – for a full understanding of the protagonists involved
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    'The third edition of Principles of International Environmental Law is the ultimate book for all interested in studying this subject. It provides an exhaustive analysis of contemporary international environmental law, from the perspectives of its historical and political development. Written by leading experts with a world-wide reputation, it will be, as its two previous editions were, a must in studies of international environmental law. With a clearer structure than previous editions, it is erudite but accessible and it provides a wealth of information.' Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Queen Mary University of London

    'From its very first edition, this important book has been an indispensable resource for students and practitioners. It provides an accurate account of the development and current state of the law and well organized and comprehensive coverage of key topics. The updated chapters on water, biodiversity, climate change and international trade are particularly welcome. I warmly recommend it to anyone studying international environmental law.' Dr C. P. McKenzie, University of Cambridge

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521140935
    • length: 988 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 188 x 38 mm
    • weight: 2.12kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Legal and Institutional Framework:
    1. The environment and international society: issues, concepts and definitions
    2. History
    3. Governance: states, international organisations and non-state actors
    4. International law-making and regulation
    5. Compliance: implementation, enforcement and dispute settlement
    Part II. Principles and Rules Establishing Standards:
    6. General principles and rules
    7. Atmosphere and climate change
    8. Freshwater resources
    9. Oceans, seas and fisheries
    10. Biodiversity
    11. Hazardous substances and activities
    12. Waste
    13. Polar regions
    Part III. Techniques for Implementing International Principles and Rules:
    14. Environmental impact assessment
    15. Environmental information
    16. Financial resources, technology transfer and intellectual property
    17. Liability for environmental damage
    Part IV. Linkage of International Environmental Law and Other Areas of International Law:
    18. Human rights and armed conflict
    19. International trade and competition
    20. Foreign investment
    21. Future developments.

  • Authors

    Philippe Sands, University College London
    Philippe Sands is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals in the UCL Faculty of Laws. He is also a practising barrister, with extensive experience litigating cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes and the European Court of Justice.

    Jacqueline Peel, University of Melbourne
    Jacqueline Peel is an Associate Professor at the Melbourne Law School, with a background in environmental science and law. She has taught many courses in environmental law, international environmental law and climate change law, and has published widely in the field.


    Adriana Fabra, Universitat de Barcelona

    Ruth MacKenzie, University of Westminster

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