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Re-Thinking the Relationship between International Trade and Environmental Law
Author: Elena Cima
From Exception to Promotion: Re-Thinking the Relationship between International Trade and Environmental Law tells a new, unconventional story of the nexus between international trade and environmental law - a story in which the keyword is synergy rather than conflict, and where the trade regime was always meant for something greater than simply trade liberalization. This ‘something greater’ was peace in the first half of the 20th century. Today, it is sustainable development, environmental protection, and social inclusion. Environmental protection is therefore neither antithetical to the overarching purpose of the trading system nor simply a ‘non-trade’ issue to be incorporated within the trade regime, but rather part of its very nature and purpose. By telling this ‘untold’ story of the nexus, this book intends to raise historical awareness and open a constructive discussion on the future of the trade regime and of international economic law governance at large.
Editor: David Freestone
This series publishes work on all aspects of the international legal dimensions of the concept of sustainable development. Its aim is to publish important works of scholarship on a range of relevant issues including conservation of natural resources, climate change, biodiversity loss and the role of international agreements, international organizations and state practice.

In A Multifaceted Approach to Trade Liberalisation and Investment Protection in the Energy Sector, Elena Cima and Makane Moïse Mbengue bring together leading academics and practitioners to discuss the most significant challenges faced by trade liberalization and investment protection in the energy sector. At the same time, they address the environmental and human rights issues that often underlie these challenges, in a skillful attempt to bridge the gap between these different perspectives and ultimately pave the way to a multi-faceted and comprehensive approach to the subject matter.
Author: Ottavio Quirico
Against the background of climate change, the Energy Charter Treaty and the law and policy of the European Union are no longer fully aligned with each other: in the case of a conflict in the area of investment regulation, what norms should apply? Within the framework of the ongoing reform of the international investment system, notably, investor-State dispute settlement, and of the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty, Ottavio Quirico explores how to approach regulatory conflicts and re-harmonise the Energy Charter Treaty with the law of the European Union.
Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a widely used designation for a broad range of fishing practices with a common theme: whether illegal or not, they cause damage to marine fish stocks and the human communities that depend on them. Yet, when subjected to thorough analysis, this pragmatic governance tool is revealed in a light that calls for caution against uncritical application. Unwrapping its uneasy relationship with international law, this study is ultimately a qualified defence of the IUU fishing paradigm, but also a practical proposal for its reform. This original book makes a genuine contribution to the international fisheries law and policy literature.
Sustainable Energy Democracy and the Law explores the concept of sustainable energy democracy from a legal perspective. It explains what sustainable energy democracy means and how law can help in moulding the concept. Through discussion of legal approaches and instruments from various jurisdictions around the globe, the book provides valuable insights into how law can either facilitate or restrict sustainable energy democracy in practice. It assesses how potential frictions and synergies between legal instruments could influence sustainable energy democracy.
This ground-breaking volume provides analyses from experts around the globe on the part played by national and international law, through legislation and the courts, in advancing efforts to tackle climate change, and what needs to be done in the future. Published under the auspices of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), the volume builds on an event convened at BIICL, which brought together academics, legal practitioners and NGO representatives. The volume offers not only the insights from that event, but also additional materials, sollicited to offer the reader a more complete picture of how climate change litigation is evolving in a global perspective, highlighting both opportunities, and constraints. The contributions span a wide range of national jurisdictions with examples from both the Global South and the Global North. In addition, the potentialities and limitations for climate change-related cases at the regional and international levels are addressed, ranging from regional human rights courts and United Nations Treaty Bodies to the International Court of Justice, the World Trade Organization, the International Criminal Court and international arbitration. The volume will be of interest to legal scholars and legal practitioners, policy makers as well as activists and all those who are seeking to achieve change for the better in this field.
Frontiers in International Environmental Law explores how law and legal scholarship has responded to some of the most important oceans and climate governance challenges of our time. Using the concept of the frontier, each contributor provides a unique perspective on the way that we can understand and can shape the development of law and legal institutions to better protect our marine environment and climate system, and reduce conflicts in areas of legal uncertainty. The authors show how different actors influence legal development, and how legal transitions occur in marine spaces and how change influences existing legal regimes. They also consider how change creates risks for the protection of vulnerable environment, but also opportunities for creative thinking and better ways of governing our environment.
Social License and Dispute Resolution in the Extractive Industries is a broad collection offering insights from both renowned academics and practitioners on the intersection of international dispute resolution and the social license to operate in the extractive industries. With its combined academic and practical perspective, the book focuses on mining disputes and addresses a broad array of issues, such as third party funding, grievance and redress, as well as the protection of human rights and the environment. In addition, it is the first work in the market that discusses the proposed rules of the world's first and only Global Natural Resources Dispute Resolution Center (GNDC).