International Environmental Law

International Environmental Law

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This textbook provides a concise, conceptually clear, and legally rigorous introduction to contemporary international environmental law and practice. Written in an accessible style, the book covers all the major multilateral environmental agreements, paying particular attention to their underlying structure, their main legal provisions, and their practical operation. The material is structured into four sections: (I) Foundations, (II) Substantive regulation, (III) Implementation, and (IV) International environmental law as a perspective. The presentation of the material blends policy and legal analysis and makes extensive reference to the relevant treaties, instruments and jurisprudence. All chapters include a detailed bibliography along with numerous figures to summarise the main components of the regulation. It covers emerging topics such as foreign investment and the environment, environmental migration, climate change and human rights, technology diffusion, and environmental security in post-conflict settings.
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  • Paperback | 515 pages
  • 174 x 250 x 30mm | 1,039.98g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 36 b/w illus. 1 table
  • 1107673348
  • 9781107673342
  • 301,329

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'This is an excellent book, well organized and clearly written ... It provides an innovative approach to the analysis of international environmental law, not as a self-standing system ... but as an inseparable part of public international law, including the law on the protection of human rights, on foreign investments, security and international trade. The cross-cutting influence of environmental law within these fields is treated by the authors with original insights, exceptional systematic skill and a wealth of important documentation. This book is an indispensable tool for academics and practitioners who are confronted with the central issue of our time, how to strike a proper balance between economic development and environmental protection.' Francesco Francioni, European University Institute, Florence and LUISS, Rome 'This book offers a great overview of a fast developing domain of knowledge. This comprehensive introduction guides students through theories, concepts and doctrines within this expanding law discipline.' Jacko A. van Ast, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam 'This new text offers an inclusive and lucid account of modern international environmental law. It respects the particular features of each sub-field of the law while emphasising the links between them. It is thoroughly to be recommended.' James Crawford, International Court of Justice '[This textbook] is very highly recommended for scholars, students and practitioners, as it analyses international environmental law in its entirety in a very scholarly fashion. The great value of this book is that it approaches international environmental law as part and parcel of international law. It is a very analytical textbook, providing a very valuable and solid knowledge of international environmental law. Due to its in-depth analytical and scholarly approach, it has a very long shelf-life.' Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Queen Mary, University of London
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Table of contents

Introduction; Part I. Foundations: 1. Emergence and development of international environmental law; 2. Main features of international environmental law; 3. The principles of international environmental law; Part II. Substantive Regulation: 4. Oceans, seas and freshwater; 5. Atmosphere; 6. Biological diversity; 7. Dangerous substances and activities; Part III. Implementation: 8. Traditional approaches: responsibility/liability/adjudication; 9. Alternative approaches - facilitation and management of 'noncompliance'; Part IV. Interactions with Other Branches: 10. Interactions with human rights law; 11. Interactions with the law of armed conflict; 12. Interactions with international economic law.
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About Pierre-Marie Dupuy

Pierre-Marie Dupuy is Emeritus Professor at the University of Paris II (Pantheon-Assas) and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Jorge E. Vinuales is the Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge.
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