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The Art and Craft of International Environmental Law 2nd ed

ISBN13: 9780197672372
Published: May 2024
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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In countless ways we are affected by international environmental norms: some social, others legal; some quite general, others very specific. For example, the norms limiting the refrigerants used in air conditioners have been agreed upon in legal form internationally, and are mandated and enforced by national governments. The sustainable fishery and forestry standards used by Carrefour and Ikea were developed more informally by environmental groups and businesses, and are applied to producers through supply-chain contracts, without any government involvement. The reluctance to eat tuna fish or own elephant ivory reflects more general social norms, disseminated through education and culture.

How and why do these norms arise? In what ways do they affect behavior? Do they change what states and individuals actually do and, if so, why? How effective are they in solving international environmental problems? In the second edition of The Art and Craft of International Environmental Law, Daniel Bodansky and Harro van Asselt explore these and other questions.

Revisions cover the numerous developments spanning the 13 years since the first edition was published. New chapters address the growing role of environmental NGOs and the increasingly complex architecture of environmental law involving multiple institutions, levels of governance, and actors. Recent research has been incorporated on treaty design and policy implementation and effectiveness, and greater attention has been given to the role of the judiciary in standard-setting, implementation, and enforcement.

A sophisticated yet highly readable introduction to how international environmental law works (and sometimes doesn't work), this book is essential reading for a wide audience.

Environmental Law
List of Tables, Figures, and Boxes
Treaties and Other International Instruments
International Cases
National Cases page

CHAPTER 1. What is International Environmental Law?
CHAPTER 2. How We Got Here: A Brief History
CHAPTER 3. Diagnosing the Causes of Environmental Problems
CHAPTER 4. Prescribing the Cure: Environmental Policy 101
CHAPTER 5. Varieties of Environmental Norms
CHAPTER 6. Who's Who in the Legal Process: Governmental and Intergovernmental Actors
CHAPTER 7. Who's Who in the Legal Process: Actors beyond the State
CHAPTER 8. The Architecture of International Environmental Law
CHAPTER 9. Negotiated Agreements
CHAPTER 10. Customary (and Not So Customary) Norms
CHAPTER 11. How and Why Do States Implement Their Commitments?
CHAPTER 12. International Carrots and Sticks
CHAPTER 13. Is International Environmental Law Effective?
CHAPTER 14. Conclusion: Taking Stock