The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law

ISBN : 9780198790952

Emma Lees; Jorge E. Vinuales
1092 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Mar 2019
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  • This Handbook provides the first comprehensive account of comparative environmental law, along with a complete conceptual framework for the field.
  • A variety of leading experts adopt different perspectives for the comparative analysis of the environmental law systems of 15 countries and the European Union
  • This wide-ranging volume includes chapters on major environmental problems (such as atmospheric pollution, nature conservation, and climate change policies) as well as examining the infrastructure of environmental law and policy instruments (including command and control regulation, market mechanisms, and informational techniques).
  • Approaches environmental law as a single overall system, giving readers an analytical focus which remains relevant regardless of changes in the law
  • Provides an overall methodological frame to guide further research

This Handbook is the first comprehensive account of comparative environmental law. It examines in detail the methodological foundations of the discipline as well as the substance of environmental law across countries from four vantage points: country studies from all continents, responses to common problems (including air pollution, water management, nature conservation, genetically modified organisms, climate change and energy, chemicals, waste), foundational components of environmental law systems (including principles, property rights, administrative and judicial organisation, command-and-control regulation, market mechanisms, informational techniques and liability mechanisms), and common interactions of environmental protection with the broader public, private, and criminal law contexts. 
The volume brings together the foremost authorities in this field from around the world to provide a concise, self-contained, and technically rigorous account of environmental law as a single overall system.


Framing comparative environmental law
1: Comparative environmental law: Structuring a field, Jorge E. Viñuales
2: Value in comparative law - 3D Cartography and analytical description, Emma Lees

Part I: Country studies
3: Australia, Douglas Fisher
4: Brazil, Antonio Benjamin & Nicholas Bryner
5: Canada, Stepan Wood
6: People's Republic of China, Wang Xi
7: The European Union, Markus Gehring, Freedom-Kai Philipps, Emma Lees
8: France, Laurent Neyret
9: Germany, Olaf Dilling & Wolfgang Köck
10: India, Bharat Desai & Balraj K. Sidhu
11: Indonesia, Simon Butt & Prayekti Murharjanti
12: Japan, Julius Weitzdörfer & Lucy Lu Reimers
13: Mexico, Marisol Anglés Hernández & Monserrat Rovalo
14: Singapore, Lye Lin-Heng
15: South Africa, Jan Glazewski
16: South Korea, Hong Sik Cho & Gina J. Choi
17: United Kingdom, Stuart Bell
18: United States of America, James Salzman

Part II: Problems
19: Atmospheric pollution, Massimiliano Montini
20: Environmental regulation of freshwater, Dan Tarlock
21: Land degradation, Ben Boer & Ian Hannam
22: Nature conservation, Agustin Garcia Ureta
23: Regulation of marine-capture fisheries, Till Markus
24: Genetically modified organisms, Anne Saab
25: Climate change and energy transition policies, Justin Gundlach & Michael Gerrard
26: Regulation of chemicals, Lucas Bergkamp & Adam Abelkop
27: Waste regulation, Natalie Jones & Geert van Calster
28: Contaminated sites, Emma Lees

Part III: Systems
A. Infrastructure
29: Environmental principles across jurisdictions: Legal connectors and catalysts, Eloise Scotford
30: Distribution of powers, Moritz Reese
31: Property systems and environmental regulation, Christopher P. Rodgers
32: Regulatory organisation, Brian Preston
33: Sciences, environmental laws, and legal cultures: Fostering collective epistemic responsibilities, Elizabeth Fisher
34: Transnational networks, Veerle Heyvaert
35: Adjudication systems, Emma Lees
B. Policy instruments
Command and control regulation
36: Environmental planning, Wang Jin
37: Protection of sites, Colin Reid
38: Command and control standards and cross-jurisdictional harmonization, Bettina Lange
39: The assessment of environmental impact, Neil Craik
Market mechanisms
40: Environmental taxation, Janet Milne
41: Trading schemes, Sanja Bogojevic
Informational techniques
42: A cartography of environmental education, Amy Cutter-McKenzie, Marianne Logan, Ferdousi Khatun, Karen Malone
43: Informational requirements and environmental protection, Karen Morrow
44: Eco-labelling, Jason Czarnezki, Margot Pollans, Sarah Main
Ex post injury-based mechanisms
45: Environmental liability, Monika Hinteregger
46: A cartography of environmental human rights, Louis Kotze & Erin Daly

Part IV: Legal context
47: Environmental law and constitutional and public law, Ole Pedersen
48: Environmental law and private law, David Howarth
49: Environmental law and criminal law, Emma Lees
50: Environmental law in private international law, Geert van Calster
51: Environmental law and public international law, Leslie-Anne Duvic Paoli

About the author: 

Edited by Emma Lees, Lecturer in Environmental Law and Deputy-Director of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), University of Cambridge, and Jorge E. Viñuales, Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy and Founder of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natrual Resource Governance (C-EENRG), University of Cambridge
Emma Lees is University Lecturer in Environmental and Property Law at University of Cambridge and is the Deputy-Director of the Centre for Environment, Energy, and Natural Resource Governance (C-EERNG), and a fellow of the Centre for Property Law. She is also a fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
Jorge E. Viñuales holds the Harold Samuel Chair of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge and is the founder and former Director of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG). He is also the Chairman of the Compliance Committee of the UN-ECE/WHO-Europe Protocol on Water and Health, a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre, the Director-General of the Latin American Society of International Law, and an Of Counsel with Lalive. Prior to joining Cambridge, he was the Pictet Chair of International Environmental Law at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, where he keeps a limited affiliation. Professor Viñuales is also a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law.

Adam Abelkop, Stanford Law School
Marisol Anglés Hernández, National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Autónoma de México, UNAM)
Stuart Bell, University of York
Antonio Herman Benjamin, Justice of the National High Court of Brazil (STJ) and Justice of the Superior Electoral Tribunal of Brazil (TSE)
Lucas Bergkamp, Hunton Williams Kurth LLP
Ben Boer, University of Sydney
Sanja Bogojevic, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
Nicholas Bryner, Louisiana State University
Simon Butt, University of Sydney
Hong Sik Cho, Seoul National University
Gina J Choi, NYU
Neil Craik, University of Waterloo 
Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Southern Cross University
Jason Czarnezki, Pace University
Erin Daly, Delaware Law School
Bharat H Desai, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Olaf Dilling, UFZ, Leipzig
Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli, King's College London
Douglas Fisher, Queensland University of Technology 
Elizabeth Fisher, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
Agustín García-Ureta, University of the Basque Country 
Markus Gehring, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge
Michael B Gerrard, Columbia Law School
Jan Glazewski, University of Cape Town
Justin Gundlach, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Ian Hannam, University of New England
Veerle Heyvaert, London School of Economics
Monika Hinteregger, Karl Franzens University Graz
David Howarth, Clare College, University of Cambridge
Natalie Jones, University of Cambridge
Ferdousi Khatun, Southern Cross University
Wolfgang Köck, University of Leipzig 
Louis J. Kotzé, North-West University
Bettina Lange, University of Oxford
Marianne Logan, Southern Cross University
Lye Lin-Heng, Supreme Court of Singapore and National University of Singapore 
Sarah M Main, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Karen Malone, Western Sydney University
Till Markus, University of Bremen
Janet Milne, Vermont Law School
Massimiliano Montini, University of Siena and Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
Karen Morrow, Swansea University
Prayekti Murharjanti, University of Sydney Law School
Laurent Neyret, Versailles Paris-Saclay University
Ole W Pedersen, Newcastle Law School
Freedom-Kai Phillips, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL)
Margot Pollans, Pace University
Brian Preston, Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales
Moritz Reese, UFZ, Leipzig
Colin T Reid, University of Dundee
Lucy Lu Reimers, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Christopher P. Rodgers, Newcastle University
Montserrat Rovalo Otero, National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Autónoma de México, UNAM)
Anne Saab, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies 
James Salzman, UCLA and UC, Santa Barbara
Eloise Scotford, University College London
Balraj K Sidhu, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Dan Tarlock, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Geert Van Calster, University of Leuven 
Wang Jin, Peking University Law School (PKULS)
Wang Xi, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Julius Weitzdörfer, Darwin College, University of Cambridge
Stepan Wood, University of British Columbia

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