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The History and Origin of International Environmental Law

Edited by Peter H. Sand, Lecturer in International Environmental Law, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
The History and Origin of International Environmental Law will be of lasting interest to scholars and students in the history of international relations and political science, and offers valuable lessons for future governance of the global environment.
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Publication Date: 2015
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  • Environment
  • Environmental Law
  • Law - Academic
  • Environmental Law
The first in an exciting new series on international environmental law, this incisive collection of 18 seminal essays traces the evolution of the subject from its early beginnings, through the formative years of the Stockholm and Rio de Janeiro UN Conferences to the contemporary ‘post-modern’ era. The articles selected provide an overview of the legal discourse that shaped the emergence of this discipline. They also illustrate how international environmental law – in a multitude of treaties, jurisprudence of courts and tribunals, and a growing body of recognized customary principles – has not only come to govern the management of our planet’s common natural resources, but has had a profound impact on the general theory and practice of international law.

The History and Origin of International Environmental Law will be of lasting interest to scholars and students in the history of international relations and political science, and offers valuable lessons for future governance of the global environment.
'This superb collection conveniently brings together some of the leading pieces that help explain and contextualise the development of International Environmental Law. Few in the world are as well-placed as Peter Sand to edit such a volume. He is, himself, one of the pioneers of the contemporary field and has been at the coalface since the beginning.'
– Donald K. Anton, The Australian National University College of Law
18 articles, dating from 1915 to 2011
Contributors include: P.W. Birnie, M.J. Glennon, S. McCaffrey, R.L. Meyer, K. Raustiala, J.L. Sax, L.B. Sohn, C.D. Stone, J.B. Wiener
Contents:

Introduction Peter H. Sand

PART I THE TRADITIONAL ERA
1. Karl Neumeyer (1915), ‘A Contribution to International Water Law’ [‘Ein Beitrag zum Internationalen Wasserrecht’], in Festschrift für Georg Cohn, Zürich, Switzerland: Orell Füssli, 143–66, translated from the German by Peter H. Sand, 2014

2. Stephen C. McCaffrey (1993), ‘The Evolution of the Law of International Watercourses’, Austrian Journal of Public and International Law, 45, 87–111

3. Alfred P. Rubin (1971), ‘Pollution by Analogy: The Trail Smelter Arbitration’, Oregon Law Review, 50 (3), Spring, 259–98

4. Patricia W. Birnie (1990), ‘International Legal Issues in the Management and Protection of the Whale: A Review of Four Decades of Experience’, Natural Resources Journal, 29 (4), Fall, 903–34

5. Robert L. Meyer (1976), ‘Travaux Préparatoires for the UNESCO World Heritage Convention’, Earth Law Journal, 2 (1), February, 45–81

6. Peter H. Sand (2001), ‘A Century of Green Lessons: The Contribution of Nature Conservation Regimes to Global Governance’, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 1 (1), January, 33–72

PART II THE MODERN ERA
7. Joseph L. Sax (1970), ‘The Public Trust Doctrine in Natural Resources Law: Effective Judicial Intervention’, Michigan Law Review, 68, January, 471–566

8. Christopher D. Stone (1972), ‘Should Trees Have Standing?– Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects’, Southern California Law Review, 45, 450–501

9. Louis B. Sohn (1973), ‘The Stockholm Declaration on the Human Environment’, Harvard International Law Journal, 14, Summer, 423–515

10. Cyril de Klemm (1982), ‘Conservation of Species: The Need for a New Approach’, Environmental Policy and Law, 9 (4), December, 117–28

11. Michael J. Glennon (1990), ‘Has International Law Failed the Elephant?’, American Journal of International Law, 84 (1), January, 1–43

12. Peter H. Sand (1991), ‘Lessons Learned in Global Environmental Governance’, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, 18 (2), 213–77

PART III THE POST-MODERN ERA
13. Edith Brown Weiss (1984), ‘The Planetary Trust: Conservation and Intergenerational Equity’, Ecology Law Quarterly, 11 (4), 495–581

14. Daniel Bodansky (1993), ‘The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: A Commentary’, Yale Journal of International Law, 18, 451–558

15. Zygmunt J.B. Plater (1994), ‘From the Beginning, a Fundamental Shift of Paradigms: A Theory and Short History of Environmental Law’, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, 27, April, 981–1008

16. Kal Raustiala (1997), ‘The “Participatory Revolution” in International Environmental Law’, Harvard Environmental Law Review, 21, 537–86

17. Jonathan B. Wiener (2001), ‘Something Borrowed for Something Blue: Legal Transplants and the Evolution of Global Environmental Law’, Ecology Law Quarterly, 27 (4), 1295–371

18. Peter H. Sand (2011), ‘The Right to Know: Freedom of Environmental Information in Comparative and International Law’, Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, 20 (1), 203–32

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