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Birnie, Boyle, and Redgwell's International Law and the Environment

Fourth Edition

Alan Boyle and Catherine Redgwell

07 July 2021

ISBN: 9780199594016

904 pages

In Stock

Price: £52.99

The definitive account of the core principles in international law concerning environmental protection.



As conservation of the environment plays an increasingly important role within society, Birnie, Boyle, and Redgwell's International Law and the Environment continues to be an essential read for students and practitioners alike.

  • Comprehensive coverage provides a thorough grounding in the underlying principles of international and environmental law plus extensive analysis of case law and treaties
  • Perceptive criticism and commentary are presented in an accessible way to deliver a detailed understanding
  • Clear introductions and conclusions to chapters ensure students are guided through the subject and focus on the key issues
  • With detailed endnotes and a thorough bibliography, the book offers a wealth of references to wider academic sources for advanced study and research
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

Alan Boyle, Professor of Public International Law, University of Edinburgh, and Catherine Redgwell, Chichele Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford

Alan Boyle is Professor of Public International Law at University of Edinburgh. He was General Editor of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly from 1998 until 2006 and occasionally practises in the International Court of Justice and other international tribunals, mainly in environmental and law of the sea cases.

Catherine Redgwell is Chichele Professor of Public International Law at All Souls College, University of Oxford. She is Joint Editor of the British Year Book of International Law and Co-Editor of Oxford Monographs in International Law.

The late Patricia Birnie was a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. She was one of the world's foremost international environmental lawyers; her advice was sought by prominent NGOs such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and by various governments in her lifetime.

Table of Contents

    1:International law and the environment
    2:International governance and the formulation of environmental law and policy
    3:Rights and obligations of states concerning protection of the environment
    4:State responsibility, treaty compliance, and dispute settlement
    5:Non-state actors: environmental rights, liability, and crimes
    6:Climate change and atmospheric pollution
    7:Nuclear energy and the environment
    8:International regulation of toxic and persistent pollutants and waste
    9:Prevention of marine pollution
    10:International watercourses: environmental protection and sustainable use
    11:Conservation of nature, ecosystems, and biodiversity
    12:Conservation of marine living resources
    13:International trade and environmental protection


"Review from previous edition I consider Birnie, Boyle, and Redgwell's International Law and the Environment to be the leading textbook in the field... The authors' strike a knowledgeable balance in the treatment of various topics. The reader can rely on the book's coverage and substance'" - Professor Jutta Brunnée, Metcalf Chair in Environmental Law, University of Toronto

"Birnie, Boyle, and Redgwell's International Law and the Environment is a very well written, authoritative, and comprehensive text. The authors' approach the topics in a soundly researched, logically structured, and well-balanced way... For my mind this is the best international environmental law book on the market." - Professor Karen Hulme, Head of Law School, University of Essex

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The fourth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

  • The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools and navigation features: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

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