The Environment and International Society: Issues, Concepts, and Context

Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law, Forthcoming

Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-03

24 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2012

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James May

Widener University Delaware Law School

J. Patrick Kelly

Widener University Delaware Law School

Date Written: December 18, 2012

Abstract

International environmental law is the study of the norms, means and processes to address global and regional environmental challenges. The world’s domestic and transboundary ecosystems are under enormous stress. International environmental law is the study of how international law and policy can be used to address these stresses. International law includes principles, rules, and norms that are binding on nations and sub-national actors. Environmental legal principles and policy prescriptions emerge from the use of international sources and processes to make law and to cooperate to solve problems. This section provides a brief survey of threshold principles in international law including common issues, concepts and definitions. It includes how these concepts are shaped by external and emerging notions of global trade, economics, sustainability and environmental rights.

Keywords: environmental law, international law

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

May, James and Kelly, J. Patrick, The Environment and International Society: Issues, Concepts, and Context (December 18, 2012). Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law, Forthcoming; Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2191120 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2191120

James May

Widener University Delaware Law School ( email )

4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803-0406
United States

J. Patrick Kelly (Contact Author)

Widener University Delaware Law School ( email )

4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803-0406
United States

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