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The Emergence of Global Environmental Law

Tseming Yang, Vermont Law School
Robert V. Percival, University of Maryland School of Law


With the global growth of public concern about environmental issues over the last several decades, environmental legal norms have become increasingly internationalized. This development has been reflected both in the surge of international environmental agreements as well as the growth and increased sophistication of national environmental legal systems around the world. The result is the emergence of a set of legal principles and norms regarding the environment, such that one can arguably describe it as a body of law. After exploring the diverse forces that are contributing to the emergence of what we call “global environmental law,” this Article considers the implications of this emergence for the implementation, practice, and development of environmental law worldwide.

Suggested Citation

36 Ecology Law Quarterly 615 (2009).