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Principles of International Environmental Law

4th Edition

  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108431125


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  • This new and fully updated edition of Principles of International Environmental Law offers a comprehensive and critical account of one of the fastest growing areas of international law: the principles and rules relating to environmental protection. Introducing the reader to the key foundational principles, governance structures and regulatory techniques, Principles of International Environmental Law explores each of the major areas of international environmental regulation through substantive chapters, including climate change, atmospheric protection, oceans and freshwater, biodiversity, chemicals and waste regulation. The ever-increasing overlap with other areas of international law is also explored through examination of the inter-linkages between international environmental law and other areas of international regulation, such as trade, human rights, humanitarian law and investment law. Incorporating the latest developments in treaty and case law for key areas of environmental regulation, this text is an essential reference and textbook for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics and practitioners of international environmental law.

    • The leading textbook in an area of growing importance and complexity, Principles of International Environmental Law is an essential guide for students and practitioners of international environmental law
    • Contains a new chapter on climate change addressing the significant developments in the field, including the Paris Climate Agreement
    • Presents critical commentary on some of the world's most pressing and growing 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Principles of International Environmental Law remains the definitive treatise on this vitally important area of international law. The international community faces unprecedented environmental challenges and this work provides a comprehensive assessment of the capacity of environmental norms and institutions to address these threats. The work is an essential reference for anyone interested in the role of international law in preserving a safe operating space for humanity and the environmental systems we depend on in the Anthropocene.' Tim Stephens, University of Sydney Law School

    'This book makes one reality brutally clear - that international environmental law cannot and must not be viewed as a subject for international lawyers, scholars, and students to alone savour. Rather, this book illuminates the complex, and often-hidden, ways in which international environmental law permeates both the study and practice of law much more generally. Simply put, this is exactly the book that will allow international environmental law to escape its specialist field billing and to capture the wide attention of all those seeking to understand law and its relationship to the future of this planet.' Natasha Affolder, University of British Columbia

    'International environmental law continues to grow in significance and complexity. This new edition by two of the leading contemporary experts in the field is welcome and timely. It provides what must be the most comprehensive and accessible account of the key treaties relating to the environment and the underlying environmental principles of international law. The treatment of international trade and investment law as it affects the environment is especially valuable.' Richard Macrory, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Law, University College London

    'This is a 'must have' volume for all interested in international environmental law. It is remarkable in its scope and ambition. It locates the subject within the broader framework of public international law and is attuned to contemporary developments in governance practice and theory as well as law. One can only wonder at the breadth of knowledge and insight of the authors.' Joanne Scott, European University Institute, Florence

    'This fourth edition of Principles of International Environmental Law firmly establishes this classic text as the authoritative guide for academics, practitioners and students alike. Written in an accessible manner and clearly structured, this book offers a comprehensive overview of the rules of public international law that have environmental protection as their goal. The authors have succeeded in striking the right balance between breadth of coverage and analytical depth. This book is, indeed, a treasure trove of knowledge and information.' Jolene Lin, National University of Singapore and author of Governing Climate Change: Global Cities and Transnational Lawmaking

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    Product details

    • Edition: 4th Edition
    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108431125
    • length: 1032 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 190 x 45 mm
    • weight: 2.19kg
    • contains: 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • 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, dispute settlement
    Part II. Principles and Rules Establishing Standards:
    6. General principles and rules
    7. Atmospheric protection
    8. Climate change
    9. Freshwater resources
    10. Biological diversity
    11. Oceans, seas and marine living resources
    12. Hazardous substances and activities, and waste
    13. The Polar regions: Antarctica and the Arctic
    Part III. Techniques for Implementing International Principles and Rules:
    14. Environmental impact assessment
    15. Environmental information and technology transfer
    16. Liability for environmental damage
    Part IV. Linkage of International Environmental Law and Other Areas of International Law:
    17. Human rights and international humanitarian law
    18. International economic law: trade, investment and intellectual property
    19. 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 University College London 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 Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes and the European Court of Justice.

    Jacqueline Peel, University of Melbourne
    Jacqueline Peel is a Professor and Associate Director of the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law at the University of 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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