SOAS University of London

School of Law

International Environmental Law II

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Module Not Running 2020/2021
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Term 2

This module examines specific international legal and institutional arrangements concerning the conservation and use of the environment. It examines both theoretical and practical dimensions of these arrangements. Issues and regimes considered include wildlife conservation, biodiversity management, polar areas, oceans, chemicals and wastes. This module will also include critical appraisal of the relationship between international environmental law and other areas of international law, such as trade law

Scope and syllabus

The module covers, for instance:

  • Issues related to the protection of the environment from industrial activities (hazardous activities, wastes, air pollution);
  • Issues related to the conservation of the environment (species, biological diversity);
  • Links with other fields, such as links between trade and the environment.

Suggested reading

  • Shawkat Alam, Sumudu Atapattu, Carmen G. Gonzalez & Jona Razzaque eds, International Environmental Law and the Global South (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  • Pierre-Marie Dupuy & Jorge E. Viñuales, International Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed 2018).
  • Ellen Hey, Advanced Introduction to International Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, 2016).
  • Timo Koivurova, Introduction to International Environmental Law (Routledge, 2014).
  • James R. May and Erin Daly, Global Environmental Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2015) 
  • Philippe Sands & Jacqueline Peel, Principles of International Environmental Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 4th ed. 2018)


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