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Cases & Materials on International Law

Cases & Materials on International Law (6th edn)

Martin Dixon, Robert McCorquodale, and Sarah Williams
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date: 03 October 2022

p. 45012. International Environmental Lawlocked

p. 45012. International Environmental Lawlocked

  • Martin Dixon, Martin DixonProfessor of the Law of Real Property and Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge & Visiting Professor of Law, City University, London
  • Robert McCorquodaleRobert McCorquodaleDirector, British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Nottingham
  •  and Sarah WilliamsSarah WilliamsAssociate Professor, University of New South Wales, Australia


The concern and awareness about the need for environmental protection has increased dramatically, both nationally and internationally, in the last few decades. One way of putting this concern into action is the law, being a means to structure and regulate behaviour. International environmental law includes many treaties and declarations, a body of State practice and some compliance mechanisms, as well as a development towards the introduction of flexible instruments to achieve compliance. This chapter discusses the context of international environmental law; environmental theories; international obligations; selected environmental treaties; and the relationship of the environment with other international law issues.

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