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International Environmental Law and World Order
A Problem-Oriented Coursebook
Second Edition 1999
ASIN: 031403689X

by Lakshman D. Guruswamy, Sir Geoffrey W.R. Palmer, Burns H. Weston, and Jonathan C. Carlson

While both the "environmental" and "international" dimension of law school inquiry continue to flourish, a distinct offering in International Environmental Law has become a popular offering in the curriculum. Until publication of this new cousebook, there has been a virtual vacuum in published material designed to comprehensively survey the range of issues intersecting in a classroom study of international law and the global environment.

Part I begins with a relatively detailed exploration of the key doctrines, principles, and rules of International Law without which it is impossible to understand or apply International Environmental Law. It closes, in Chapter 4, with a hard look at "The Global Environmental Problematique" as viewed through diverse outlooks and approaches that may be seen to define and fashion International Environmental Law.

Part II, pausing first in Chapter 5 to summarize the applicability of State responsibility to environmental wrongs, with or without dolus or culpa, presents the student, in Chapters 6-11, with a series of hypothetical problems bearing fact patterns that mirror the "real world" in which we live: problems in protecting the global commons (Antarctica in this case), the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the biosphere, and the lithosphere; also problems in protecting against human behaviors that particularly assault our natural environment.

Finally, in Part III, the authors turn to the future. Chapter 12 engages the student in a simulated negotiation of a fictional draft protocol to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (Basic Document 3.22), helping her or him to understand the complexities of the practical issues that nations encounter when regulating our environmental future, while simultaneously hammering home the significance and utility of proleptic law-making, especially in the environmental realm. Chapter 13 urges upon the student an impressionistic overview of the established and emerging normative, institutional, and procedural responses to the theoretical and practical issues posed by the global environmental problematique set forth in Chapter 4, and explored in its diverse parts in each of the problems that make up Part II.

The text is accompanied by Basic Documents in International Environmental Law, which contains the legal documents that are part of the readings in the coursebook, and a Teacher's Manual.

About the Authors

Lakshman D. Guruswamy is Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa.

Sir Geoffrey W.R. Palmer (P.C., K.C.M.G., A.C.) is Partner in Chen & Palmer Public Law Specialists (Wellington, NZ); Professor of Law at Victoria University of Wellington and Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at The University of Iowa College of Law.

Burns H. Weston is the Bessie Dutton Murray Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus at The University of Iowa.

Jonathan C. Carlson is Professor of Law at the University of Iowa.


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