The Transformation of International Environmental Law
Faced with environmental challenges which are becoming more serious, urgent, and global, international law has emerged as an essential instrument for State cooperation and as an influential element in the harmonization and revitalization of domestic laws. At the same time, international law has had to adapt: law-making has become more innovative and fresh mechanisms for implementation have been created. Over the last 30 years, international environmental law has therefore experienced significant normative and institutional change. This book emphasizes these changes, showing how environmental challenges have shaken, and sometimes transformed, the core categories and concepts of international law. Thus, in addition to being a book about environmental law, this is a work which also charts the way in which international protection of the environment has disrupted general international law. The book is the fruit of a longstanding collaborative project carried out at the Center for International and European Studies and Research (CERIC). Proceedings of an international symposium held under the aegis of the French Society for International Law in Aix-en-Provence in June 2009 drew the first conclusions and was previously published in French: Le droit face aux enjeux environnementaux (Paris, Pedone, 2010). This English text examines and extends upon the lessons learned.
Publication Date: 6/1/2011