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The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law

  • Provides an authoritative overview of major developments in international environmental law, and the field's core assumptions and concepts, basic analytical tools, and key challenges
  • Examines international environmental law from a broader policy and theoretical perspective, drawing on insights from other disciplines such as political science, economics, and philosophy
  • Features original, accessible, and agenda-setting essays by leading academics and practitioners

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law

By: Daniel Bodansky(Editor), Jutta Brunnée(Editor), Ellen Hey(Editor)

1112 pages, 5 b/w illustrations, 1 table

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Aug 2008 | #175046 | ISBN-13: 9780199552153
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The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law takes stock of the major developments in international environmental law, while exploring the field's core assumptions and concepts, basic analytical tools, and key challenges. It is intended to serve as an authoritative and indispensable overview of the field. Although the handbook focusses on international environmental law, it also examines the subject from a broader policy and theoretical perspective, drawing on insights from other disciplines such as political science, economics, and philosophy. It aims to strike a balance between practical preoccupations and critical or theoretical reflection. Each chapter examines an issue that is central to current scholarly debates or policy development.

At the same time, the Handbook is structured as a whole to provide readers with both a 'bigger picture' of international environmental law and a more in-depth understanding of its preoccupations. This approach is particularly important at a time in the development of international environmental law when its fragmentation into increasingly specialized sub-fields obscures unifying themes and cross-cutting challenges.

The Handbook consists of 47 chapters in seven parts. Part I sets the stage for the Handbook, indentifying overarching issues. Part II offers readers a range of theoretical lenses through which to analyze both the problems facing international environmental law and the solutions it may offer. Part III reviews the treatment of basic issues areas. Part IV analyzes the process of normative development in international environmental law. Part V will assess key theoretical concepts. Part VI examines the roles of various actors and institutions. And Part VII analyzes issues of implementation and enforcement.

The Oxford Handbooks series is a major new initiative in academic publishing. Each volume offers an authoritative and state-of-the-art survey of current thinking and research in a particular subject area. Specially commissioned essays from leading international figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates. Oxford Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences.


1: Dan Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, Ellen Hey: Introduction

Part I General Issues
2: Peter Sand: Evolution of International Environmental Law
3: John Dryzek: Paradigms and Discourses
4: Benedict Kingsbury: General Norms vs. Specialized Regimes
5: Jeffrey Dunoff: Subsidiarity/Federalism
6: Stephen Toope: Formality vs. Informality
7: Alan Boyle: Intersection with Other Areas of International Law
8: Richard Stewart: Instrument Choice
9: Steinar Andresen, Tora Skodvin: Science and Technology

Part II: Analytical Tools and Perspectives
10: Kyle Danish: International Relations
11: Scott Barrett: Environmental Economics
12: Karin Mickelson: Critical Approaches
13: Christopher Stone: Environmental Ethics

Part III: Basic Issues Areas
14: Ian Rowlands: Atmosphere and Outer Space
15: David Freestone: Oceans and Freshwater Resources
16: Rosemary Rayfuse: Biological Resources
17: David Wirth: Hazardous Substances and Activities

Part IV: Normative Development
18: Ulrich Beyerlin: Types of Standards: Principles, Objectives and Commitments
19: Pierre-Marie Dupuy: Formation of Customary International Law and General Principles
20: Thomas Gehring: Treaty-making and Evolution
21: Ellen Hey: Normative Development by Public International Forums
22: Naomi Roht-Arriaza & Jason Morrison: Private and Quasi-Private Standard-Setting

Part V: Key Concepts
23: Günther Handl: Transboundary Impacts
24: Jutta Brunnee: Common Areas/Common Heritage/Common Concern
25: Dan Tarlock: Ecosystems
26: Jonathan Wiener: Precaution
27: Daniel Magraw: Sustainable Development
28: Dinah Shelton: Equity
29: J.G. Merrills: Environmental Rights
30: Jonas Ebbesson: Public Participation
31: Daniel Bodansky: Legitimacy

Part VI: Actors and Institutions
32: Thilo Marauhn: Changing Role of the State
33: Peter Spiro: NGOs and Civil Society
34: Peter Haas: Epistemic Communities
35: Steven Ratner: Business
36: Russell Barsh: Indigenous Peoples
37: Ludwig Krämer: Regional Economic Integration Organizations
38: Geir Ulfstein: Treaty Bodies

Part VII: Implementation and Enforcement
39: Ron Mitchell: Compliance Theory
40: Catherine Redgwell: National Implementation
41: Laurence Boisson de Chazournes: Financial and Technological Transfers
42: Jorgen Wettestad: Monitoring and Verification
43: Jan Klabbers: Compliance Procedures
44: Malgosia Fitzmaurice: International Responsibility and Liability
45: Cesare Romano: International Dispute Settlement
46: Dan Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, Ellen Hey: Conclusions

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Edited by Daniel Bodansky, Woodruff Professor of International Law, School of Law, University of Georgia, Jutta Brunnée, Professor of Law and Metcalf Chair in Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and Ellen Hey, Professor of Law and Deputy Director, GLODIS Institute, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Dan Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, Ellen Hey
Peter Sand
John Dryzek
Benedict Kingsbury
Jeffrey Dunoff
Stephen Toope
Alan Boyle
Richard Stewart
Steinar Andresen, Tora Skodvin
Kyle Danish
Scott Barrett
Karin Mickelson
Christopher Stone
Ian Rowlands
David Freestone
Rosemary Rayfuse
David Wirth
Ulrich Beyerlin
Pierre-Marie Dupuy
Thomas Gehring
Ellen Hey
Naomi Roht-Arriaza & Jason Morrison
Günther Handl
Jutta Brunnee
Dan Tarlock
Jonathan Wiener
Daniel Magraw
Dinah Shelton
J.G. Merrills
Jonas Ebbesson
Daniel Bodansky
Thilo Marauhn
Peter Spiro
Peter Haas
Steven Ratner
Russell Barsh
Ludwig Krämer
Geir Ulfstein
Ron Mitchell
Catherine Redgwell
Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
Jorgen Wettestad
Jan Klabbers
Malgosia Fitzmaurice
Cesare Romano
Dan Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, Ellen Hey

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