Guide to International Environmental Law addresses why and how the international system elaborates environmental obligations and monitors compliance with them. The book discusses the relationship between international obligations and national and local law, with particular reference to federal systems. It points out the influence national law has on the emergence of international law and the growing role international norms play in the development and enforcement of national and local environmental policies. It also examines the extent to which environmental protection should be and is taken into account in other regulatory frameworks, from trade law and human rights to disarmament and refugee policy.
Alexandre Kiss has long been considered one of the founders of international environmental law. His four decades of work on the topic helped develop many of the key concepts and the normative framework in place today. He has made lasting contributions as a teacher, scholar, and environmental lawyer.
Dinah Shelton is the Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. She has been a consultant to most international and regional organizations concerned with human rights or environmental protection.
Table of contents
Chapter I: Introduction to International Law
Chapter II: The Development of International Environmental Law
Chapter III: International Actors and Stakeholders
Chapter IV: Multilateral Environmental Agreements
Chapter V: Common (Customary?) Legal Principles
Chapter VI: Common Legal Requirements and Implementing Measures
Chapter VII: The Substance of International Environmental Law
Chapter VIII: Environmental Protection in Other Subject Areas of International Law
This volume is addressed primarily to environmental lawyers, but may also be useful for those concerned with international law, environmental policy, and international relations.