The Emergence of Global Environmental Law

51 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2008 Last revised: 21 Nov 2009

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Tseming Yang

Santa Clara Law School

Robert V. Percival

University of Maryland - Francis King Carey School of Law

Date Written: October 15, 2009


With the global growth of public concern about environmental issues over the last several decades, environmental legal norms have increasingly become internationalized. This development has been reflected both in the surge of international environmental agreements as well as the growth and increased sophistication of national environmental legal systems across the world. A number of trends, such as globalization and international development aid efforts, have shaped the global rise of environmental law. The result is the emergence of a shared set of legal principles and norms regarding the environment, such that one can arguably describe it as a common body of law. The emergence of what we call "global environmental law" already has and will likely continue to have profound implications for the implementation, practice, and development of environmental law worldwide.

Keywords: Global Environmental Law, comparative environmental law, international environmental law, globalization, environmental governance, law transplantation, law convergence

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Yang, Tseming and Percival, Robert V., The Emergence of Global Environmental Law (October 15, 2009). Ecology Law Quarterly, Vol. 36, U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-36, Vermont Law School Research Paper No. 09-09 , Available at SSRN:

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