Through a collection essays by leading scholars in international environmental law from around the world, this book explores the future of international environmental law in a world of ever worsening environmental crises. It examines the success stories and the failures of international environmental law and argues that future responses to global environmental crisis will be more about good environmental governance rather than just more treaties and laws. Environmental governance in future will need to accommodate the needs and aspirations of peoples from developed and developing countries alike and will have to be based on decisions and actions by a vast range of actors and stakeholders and not just the nation state that has traditionally dominated environmental diplomacy to date. In future this also suggests a need to be cognizant of the close links to other areas of international law including human rights.
David Leary is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Balakrishna Pisupati is Coordinator of the Biodiversity, Land Law and Governance Unit, and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Focal Point for the Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Year of Biodiversity in the Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya.