The Principles, Structure, & Implementation of International Environmental Law: Preface

The information in this module is targeted at undergraduate college students with an intro-ductory grounding in government, history, and the natural sciences. Although the topic is international environmental law, the materials do not require any formal legal education. The introduction and first five chapters set forth the fundamental norms and institutions that comprise international environmental law. Chapters VI to XI look at six specific topics within the field: air pollution and protection of the atmosphere, hazardous waste, endangered species, international rivers, the global commons, and forest ecosystems. These topics are considered independently, and not in any thematic progression. Therefore, while covering all six of these topics will provide students with a comprehensive survey, teachers are invited to focus greater attention and class time on particular topics. For those who want to undertake more in-depth or specialized research, I have included a list of additional readings. Many of these materials assume a background in international and envi-ronmental law. Nonetheless, I urge you to stretch your abilities and explore these texts.