Synopses & Reviews
This is the first textbook in the English language dealing with international environmental law, an area of law which has exploded during the past five years. Drawing on their long experience in the field the authors have produced a masterly survey of the burgeoning literature, an analysis of numerous unanswered questions, and an examination of huge fields of law which have previously been untouched by scholars. This will be essential reading for anyone interested in environmental law.
"A very welcome addition to the growing list of books on international environmental law. This is perhaps the best single book thus far in this rapidly evolving area of global concern. Written in a very accessible style, the book covers the entire landscape of issues, related treaties, and other material concerning ecological quandry in sufficient detail while maintaining the economy of expression. It is an impressive presentation of complex issues and not so easily accessible material. it is an excellent text book for use in college and law schools; the material can be effectively utilized in several specialty courses such as: international studies, environmental affairs, and environmental law....The authors must be congratulated for producing a fine book. Most certainly the book has established itself as the first comprehensive textbook on international environmental law."--Dickinson Journal of Environmental Law and Policy
"[A]n authoritative 'nutshell' of the law conterning protection of the world's environment."--American Society of International Law
"A streamlined introduction to the field....Each topic is presented clearly and thoroughly, with useful footnotes to relevant decisions and documents."--Yale Journal of International Law
This new edition of the respected textbook has been updated to take full account of all the developments in international environmental law since the Rio Conference in 1992. There is a new chapter on international trade law and the environment, as well as new sections on sustainable development, climate change, biological diversity, environmental impact assessment, and the precautionary principle.
About the Author
Patricia Birnie is Director and Professor of the IMO International Law Institute.
Alan Boyle is Professor of Public International Law, University of Edinburgh.
Table of Contents
International Organizations and the Formulation of Environmental Law and Policy
The Structure of International Environmental law I: Rights and Obligations of States
The Structure of International Environmental law II: Enforcement, Compliance, Dispute Settlement
The Structure of International Environmental law III: Environmental Rights and Crimes
Sustainable Use of International Watercourses
The Law of the Sea and the Protection of the Marine Environment
The International Control of Hazardous Waste
Nuclear Energy and the Environment
Protecting the Climate, Atmosphere and Outer Space
Nature Protection, Biological Diversity, and Ecosystems: Principles and Problems
Conservation of Migratory and Endangered Species
Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Living Resources
Environmental Protection and Free Trade