Author: Edith Brown Weiss
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
Release Date: 2015-11
International Law for the Environment is a comprehensive exposition of contemporary international environmental law and the governance institutions that implement it. Part I sets out the drivers of threats to the planet's air, water and social support systems, the philosophical, economic, and scientific foundations of the legal responses to these threats, and the customary and treaty-based legal regimes that have emerged. These regimes are placed in the context of general international law. Part II introduces the students to the major treaty-based regimes such as those addressing transboundary air and water pollution, the control of pollutants which deplete the ozone layer, global climate change, the protection of oceans and polar regions, the disposal of hazardous wastes outside the country of origin, the protection and allocation of fresh waters and the restoration of degraded aquatic ecosystems, and the conservation of biological diversity. Also addressed is the linkage between agricultural production and the environment. Part III examines the integration of environmental considerations into international regimes such as human rights and environmental justice, international trade law and the financing of sustainable development. Environmental governance is discussed in Part IV, together with material on international environmental institutions and the international legal system. Throughout the book the incorporation of international environmental law principles and treaty obligations into national judicial decisions and legislation is stressed.
Author: Jonathan C. Carlson
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
Release Date: 2012-01-01
The new edition of this innovative coursebook has been thoroughly updated and revised. The problem orientation of the first two editions has been retained, along with the detailed doctrinal exploration of international law that permits the book to be used in either an introductory international law course or an advanced class or seminar on environmental problems. Highlights of the third edition include expanded coverage of climate change; extensive use of international cases to illustrate key legal doctrines and concepts; and a new chapter that explores the concept of "ecological commons governance" and its significance for the future of international environmental law. Most of the problems in the book have been revised extensively, with entirely new problems on whaling, geoengineering, electronic waste exports, chemical exports (DDT and asbestos), environmental trade restrictions, nuclear safety, transboundary air pollution, biodiversity and more.
Author: Maurice Sunkin
Release Date: 2001-11-30
The second edition of this sourcebook brings together a comprehensive selection of the principal international, European and domestic sources of environmental law, together with commentary and extensive references to secondary sources (including relevant websites). The new edition has been fully revised and extended to include the major developments in this rapidly evolving area of law. In particular, at the international level there is now consideration of the Kyoto Protocol 1997, the Aarhus Convention 1998, the Basel Protocol 1999 and the Biosafety Protocol 2000. At the European level, there is coverage of the changes introduced by the Amsterdam Treaty; the 2000 Water Framework Directive; the new Air Quality Directives; and the EC White Paper on Environmental Liability. There is also discussion of the proposed Sixth Environmental Action Programme. The domestic coverage includes consideration of the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999, the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, the implementation of the contaminated land regime, together with coverage of the new UK waste strategy. The book now also includes extensive consideration of the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on environmental law. Recent case law is included throughout. This unique work will provide an extremely valuable resource for all those studying, teaching and working in the field of environmental law.
Author: Kai Wegerich
Release Date: 2010-07-20
Genre: Political Science
This authoritative reference work gives timely information on the global politics of water. Readers will find case studies on a variety of complex water situations, from the Okavango River that flows through Angola, Namibia and Botswana, to the Euphrates-Tigris of the Upper Persian Gulf. With the current threat of climate change and increasing demand on water resources, the book gives valuable insight into an increasingly politicized topic. Politics of Water is a welcome addition to Routledge’s extensive The Politics of ... reference series. Readers will benefit from: essays on major topics in water politics from a variety of contributors (thirteen in all), including Is water politics? Towards international water relations and The politics of water and mining in South Africa sensitive debate on gender issues, reflecting the fact that in many cultures men are responsible for the supply of water, and women as cultivators and house keepers are the major users an A-Z glossary of key terms, issues, organizations, etc. in water politics information on selected major river basins of the world, including maps detailing water consumption and resources. The Politics of Water is a useful guide to the politics surrounding the availability and provision of water on a world-wide scale. It will prove to be a useful reference source for anyone interested in, or studying, the politics of water and climate change.
Increasingly, environmental rights are being recognized as enforceable human rights, both substantive and procedural. Environmental law can no longer be viewed merely as a matter for policy choices in legislation. This new casebook shows how international and national court cases in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas have begun to interpret treaties, national constitutions, and human rights legislation to protect the environment through the recognition of rights. For the first time, these rich developments are brought together in a book suitable as a primary text for classes and seminars.
Author: Edith Brown Weiss
Publisher: Aspen Publishers
Release Date: 1998
This dynamic casebook takes an interdisciplinary approach in an analytical framework that can be applied to any international environmental legal problem. By studying both legal and non-legal issues, students gain a full and meaningful understanding of this global problem and its legal solutions. International Environmental Law and Policy is the perfect vehicle for tackling the challenges of international environmental law from a global perspective. International Environmental Law and Policy leads students from fundamental issues to sophisticated applications in four main parts: The Nature of International Environmental Issues - Basic Concepts and Context explores non-legal issues such as: global population; intergenerational equity; risk assessments; the tension between industrialized and developing countries; and the underpinning legal issues of public international law and international institutions: Pollution Control offers a detailed analysis of the 'precautionary principle,' the right to a clean environment, general norms applicable to environmental agencies, general principles of international responsibility for environmental harm, and environmental warfare. Natural Resource Management presents detailed discussions of the 'Harmon Doctrine,' the World Heritage Convention, options for conserving biologicla diversity, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and the protection of whales and other species Trade and Finance delves into dispute settlement in the World Trade Organization, the North American Free Trade Agreement, multilateral development banks, debt relief approaches, and funds for the environment. The authors use a skillful blend of material to capture and hold student interest including: detailed case studies that explore international environmental norms exercises which make students apply specific legal rules to real-world cases careful analysis of four principal cases: Trail Smelter; Corfu Channel; Lac Lanous; and Nuclear Weapons Testing appendixes on Researching International Environmental Law, International Organizations, and General Steps in Formulating Multilateral Agreements detailed discussions on the relationship between the international and domestic implementation of law in-depth coverage of the liability, accountability, and valuation of natural resource damages
The book transcends conventional social scientific method, political theory and its understanding of global governance to make the study of the philosophical essence of the international legal system fully accessible.
Author: Mark W. Janis
Publisher: West Academic
Release Date: 2011
Introduces the history and nature of international law, and examines the sources of international law-treaties, customary international law, general principles, jus cogens, and equity--and the different forums in which international law is interpreted and applied. Also covers important fields of international law: individual and human rights; recognition and self-determination; war and peace; the United Nations; Antarctica; outer space; the law of the sea; international environmental laws; international conflict of laws; foreign sovereign immunity; and act of state. All chapters have been thoroughly updated. This edition newly examines U.S. cases on the application of international law in the U.S. legal system, the legal regime governing climate change, the proliferation of international courts and tribunals, the responsibility of international organizations for the actions of their agents, and recent developments at the International Criminal Court.
Author: Stephen C. McCaffrey
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
Release Date: 2009
Environmental law addresses the broad question of how to reconcile human activity with the need to protect the life-support system of humans and other species on a planet of limited resources. This question cannot be fully understood or explored without acknowledging that environmental issues do not respect political boundaries. Once introduced to the challenges of effectively addressing environmental problems, students can easily appreciate the value of concerted international efforts to address those challenges, and lessons that can be learned from efforts in other countries. Global Issues in Environmental Law is designed to facilitate the introduction of international and comparative legal issues into the basic Environmental Law course, but could also be used in a seminar on the subject. The book covers: constitutional protection of the environment; the precautionary principle; intergenerational equity; international and comparative approaches to the regulation of air, water and toxic substance pollution; global climate change; wildlife and biodiversity preservation; the Law of the Sea; and management of oceans and coastal areas.