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1.0 Scope of international environmental law

In the context of international law, international environmental law is an adolescent. If youth is the 'season of hope' then aspirations for international environmental law are high as it responds to the critical challenges facing humanity. Such challenges were famously anticipated and described by Rachel Carson. Her book Silent Spring published in 1962 helped to set in motion the environmental movement both nationally and internationally. As a body of law we see today, international law can therefore be viewed as being only a half-century in age. As such it is only formatively defined.