The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198849155

Lavanya Rajamani; Jacqueline Peel
1248 ページ
171 x 246 mm
Oxford Handbooks
  • A comprehensive overview of the field of international environmental law, with contributions from leading scholars in the discipline
  • Examines all substantive sub-fields of international environmental law, including climate law, oceans law, wildlife and biodiversity law, and hazardous substance regulation
  • Explores the intersection of international environmental law with other areas of the law, such as those concerned with trade, investment, disaster, migration, armed conflict, intellectual property, energy, and human rights
  • Grounded in the interdisciplinary context of developments in science, ethics, politics, and economics, which inform the way environmental rules are made and enforced

New to this Edition:

  • Significantly expanded coverage, to include new sub-fields such as climate law, wildlife law, shipping, and aviation
  • Infused with 'new generation' thinking international environmental law, with new voices, particularly women and Global South scholars, and new perspectives from other legal and non-legal fields

The second edition of this leading reference work provides a comprehensive discussion of the dynamic and important field of international law concerned with environmental protection. It is edited by globally-recognised international environmental law scholars, Professor Lavanya Rajamani and Professor Jacqueline Peel, and features 67 chapters authored by 76 renowned experts in their fields.
The Handbook discusses the key principles underpinning international environmental law, its relevant actors and tools, and rules applying in its substantive sub-fields such as climate law, oceans law, wildlife and biodiversity law, and hazardous substances regulation. It also explores the intersection of international environmental law with other areas of international law, such as those concerned with trade, investment, disaster, migration, armed conflict, intellectual property, energy, and human rights. The Handbook sets its discussion of international environmental law in the broader interdisciplinary context of developments in science, ethics, politics and economics, which inform the way in which environmental rules are made, implemented, and enforced. It provides an introduction to the foundations of international environmental law while also engaging with questions at the frontiers of research, teaching, and practice in the field, including the role of Global South perspectives, the contribution made by Earth jurisprudence, and the growing role of a diverse range of actors from indigenous peoples to business and industry. Like the first edition, this second edition of the Handbook is an essential reference text for all engaged with environmental issues at the international level and the applicable governance and regulatory structures.


1:International Environmental Law: Changing Context, Emerging Trends and Expanding Frontiers, Lavanya Rajamani and Jacqueline Peel
Part I - Context

2:Discourses, John S. Dryzek
3:Origin and History, Peter H. Sand
4:Multi-level and Polycentric Governance, Jeffrey L. Dunoff
5:Fragmentation, Margaret A. Young
6:Instrument Choice, David M. Driesen
7:Scholarship, Duncan French and Lynda Collins
8:Legal Imagination and Teaching, Elizabeth Fisher
Part II - Analytical Approaches

9:International Relations Theory, Peter Lawrence
10:Economics, Michael Faure
11:Global South Approaches, Sumudu Atapattu
12:Feminist Approaches, Rowena Maguire
13:Ethical Considerations, Alexander Gillespie
14:Earth Jurisprudence, Cormac Cullinan
15:The Role of Science, Sam Johnston
Part III - Conceptual Pillars

16:Harm Prevention, Jutta Brunnée
17:Sustainable Development, Jorge E. Viñuales
18:Precaution, Jacqueline Peel
19:Differentiation, Philippe Cullet
20:Equity, Werner Scholtz
21:Public Participation, Jonas Ebbesson
22:Good Faith, Akiho Shibata
Part IV - Normative Development

23:Customary International Law and the Environment, Pierre-Marie Dupuy, Ginevra Le Moli, and Jorge E. Viñuales
24:Multilateral Environmental Treaty Making, Daniel Bodansky
25:Soft Law, Alan Boyle
26:Private and Quasi-Private Standards, Joanne Scott
27:Judicial Development, Cymie R. Payne
Part V - Subject matter

28:Transboundary Air Pollution, Phoebe Okowa
29:Climate Change, Lavanya Rajamani and Jacob Werksman
30:Freshwater Resources, Salman M. A. Salman
31:Marine Environment: Pollution and Fisheries, Adriana Fabra
32:Wildlife, Annecoos Wiersema
33:Hazardous Substances and Activities, David A. Wirth and Noah M. Sachs
34:Aviation and Maritime Transport, Beatriz Martinez Romera
Part VI - Actors

35:The State, Thilo Marauhn
36:International Institutions, Ellen Hey
37:Regional Organisations: The European Union, Sandrine Maljean-Dubois
38:Non-State Actors, J. Michael Angstadt and Michele Betsill
39:Subnational Actors, Hari M. Osofsky
40:Epistemic Communities, Peter M. Haas
41:Business and Industry, Benjamin J. Richardson and Beate Sjåfjell
42:Indigenous Peoples, Jacinta Ruru
Part VII - Inter-linkages with other regimes

43:Trade, Harro van Asselt
44:Investment, Kate Miles
45:Human Rights, John H. Knox
46:Migration, Walter Kälin
47:Disaster, Robert R.M. Verchick and Paul Rink
48:Intellectual Property, Lisa Benjamin
49:Energy, Catherine Redgwell
50:Armed Conflict, Carl Bruch, Cymie R. Payne, and Britta Sjöstedt
Part VIII - Compliance, Implementation and Effectiveness

51:Compliance Theory, Ronald B. Mitchell
52:Transparency Procedures, Tom Sparks and Anne Peters
53:Market Mechanisms, Michael A. Mehling
54:Financial Assistance, Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
55:Technology Assistance and Transfers, Shawkat Alam
56:Non-Compliance Procedures, Meinhard Doelle
57:Effectiveness, Steinar Andresen
58:International Responsibility and Liability, Christina Voigt
59:National Implementation, Alice Palmer
60:International Environmental Law Disputes before International Courts and Tribunals, Natalie Klein

Part IX - International Environmental Law in National/Regional Courts
61:Africa, Louis J. Kotzé
62:China, Jolene S. Lin
63:EU/UK, Eloise Scotford
64:India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, Shibani Ghosh
65:North America, Natasha Affolder
66:Oceania, Tim Stephens
67:South America, Maria Antonia Tigre


Professor Lavanya Rajamani is a leading, internationally-recognized expert in the field of international environmental law, in particular climate change law. Her scholarship focuses on a range of issues relating to environmental treaty-making, interpretation, and implementation. Her last co-authored book, International Climate Change Law (OUP, 2017) won an American Society of International Law book prize, and she delivered a prestigious special course at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2018 on 'Innovation and Experimentation in the International Climate Change Regime'. Her scholarly work is informed by her engagement in the UN climate regime, as a negotiator, expert interlocutor and legal advisor to the UNFCCC, and to national governments. She was part of the UNFCCC core drafting and advisory team for the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Professor Jacqueline Peel is a leading, internationally-recognised expert in the field of environmental and climate change law. Her scholarship on these topics encompasses international, transnational, and national dimensions, as well as interdisiplinary aspects of the law/science relationship in the environmental field and risk regulation. She has published extensively on these topics and also contributed to international policy bodies working in the field such as the International Law Association, International Bar Association, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group III for the Sixth Assessment Report.
Natasha Affolder, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia
Shawkat Alam, Macquarie University
Steinar Andresen, Fridtjof Nansen Institute
J. Michael Angstadt, Colorado College
Harro van Asselt, University of Eastern Finland Law School
Sumudu Atapattu, University of Wisconsin Law School
Lisa Benjamin, Lewis & Clark Law School
Michele Betsill, Colorado State University
Daniel Bodansky, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Alan Boyle, University of Edinburgh School of Law
Carl Bruch, Environmental Law Institute
Jutta Brunnée, University of Toronto
Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, University of Geneva
Lynda Collins, University of Ottawa
Philippe Cullet, SOAS University of London
Cormac Cullinan, Environmental Attorney and Director of the Wild Law Institute
Meinhard Doelle, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
David M. Driesen, Syracuse University
John S. Dryzek, University of Canberra
Jeffrey L. Dunoff, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Pierre-Marie Dupuy, University of Paris (Panthéon-Assas)
Jonas Ebbesson, Stockholm University
Adriana Fabra, Expert in Ocean Law and Policy
Michael Faure, Maastricht University
Elizabeth Fisher, Corpus Christi College & Faculty of Law, University of Oxford
Duncan French, University of Lincoln
Shibani Ghosh, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
Alexander Gillespie, Waikato University
Peter M. Haas, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ellen Hey, Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Sam Johnston, Melbourne Law School
Walter Kälin, Faculty of Law, University of Bern
Natalie Klein, UNSW Sydney's Faculty of Law
John H. Knox, Wake Forest University, North Carolina
Louis J. Kotzé, North-West University
Peter Lawrence, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania
Jolene S. Lin, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Rowena Maguire, Queensland University of Technology
Sandrine Maljean-Dubois, CNRS
Thilo Marauhn, Justus Liebig University, Giessen
Michael A. Mehling, University of Strathclyde Law School
Kate Miles, Gonville and Caius College and Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge
Ronald B. Mitchell, University of Oregon
Ginevra Le Moli, Grotius Center for International Legal Studies, University of Leiden
Phoebe Okowa, Queen Mary, University of London
Hari M. Osofsky, The Pennsylvania State University
Alice Palmer, Melbourne Law School
Cymie R. Payne, Rutgers University, New Jersey
Jacqueline Peel, Melbourne Law School
Anne Peters, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law Heidelberg
Lavanya Rajamani, University of Oxford
Catherine Redgwell, University Oxford
Benjamin J. Richardson, University of Tasmania
Paul Rink, Yale University
Beatriz Martinez Romera, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
Jacinta Ruru, University of Otago
Noah M. Sachs, University of Richmond School of Law
Salman M. A. Salman, International Water Resources Association (IWRA)
Peter H. Sand, Institute of International Law, University of Munich
Werner Scholtz, University of the Western Cape
Eloise Scotford, Faculty of Laws, University College London
Joanne Scott, European University Institute
Akiho Shibata, Kobe University
Beate Sjåfjell, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo
Britta Sjöstedt, Lund University, Sweden
Tom Sparks, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg
Timothy Stephens, University of Sydney Law School, University of Sydney
Maria Antonia Tigre, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
Robert R.M. Verchick, Loyola University New Orleans
Jorge E. Viñuales, University of Cambridge
Christina Voigt, University of Oslo
Jacob D. Werksman, European Commission
Annecoos Wiersema, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
David A. Wirth, Boston College Law School
Margaret A. Young, Melbourne Law School