Gift Guide

Principles of International Environmental Law / Edition 3

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 30%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $61.98
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 27%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (15) from $61.98   
  • New (10) from $61.98   
  • Used (5) from $63.73   


This second edition of Philippe Sands' leading textbook on international environmental law provides a clear and authoritative introduction to the subject, revised to 1 January 2003. It updates existing topics and addresses important new topics, such as the Kyoto Protocol, genetically modified organisms, and foreign investment and environmental protection. It will remain the most comprehensive account of the international principles and rules relating to environmental protection and the conservation of natural resources. In addition to the key material from the 1992 Rio Conference and the 2002 Johannesburg Conference and subsequent developments, Sands covers topics including the legal and institutional framework, the field's historic development and standards for general application. This will continue to be an invaluable resource for students, scholars and practitioners.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'The third edition of Principles of International Environmental Law is the ultimate book for all interested in studying this subject. It provides an exhaustive analysis of contemporary international environmental law, from the perspectives of its historical and political development. Written by leading experts with a world-wide reputation, it will be, as its two previous editions were, a must in studies of international environmental law. With a clearer structure than previous editions, it is erudite but accessible and it provides a wealth of information.' Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Queen Mary, University of London

'From its very first edition, this important book has been an indispensable resource for students and practitioners. It provides an accurate account of the development and current state of the law and well organized and comprehensive coverage of key topics. The updated chapters on water, biodiversity, climate change and international trade are particularly welcome. I warmly recommend it to anyone studying international environmental law.' Dr C. P. McKenzie, University of Cambridge

'The third edition of Principles of International Environmental Law is the ultimate book for all interested in studying this subject. Written by leading experts with world-wide reputation, it is erudite but accessible making it a must in studies of international environmental law.' Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Queen Mary, University of London

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521140935
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2012
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 950
  • Sales rank: 1,170,459
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Philippe Sands is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals in the UCL Faculty of Laws. He is also a practising barrister, with extensive experience litigating cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes and the European Court of Justice.

Jacqueline Peel is an Associate Professor at the Melbourne Law School, with a background in environmental science and law. She has taught many courses in environmental law, international environmental law and climate change law, and has published widely in the field.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgments to the first edition
Preface and acknowledgments to the second edition
Table of cases
Table of treaties and other international instruments
List of abbreviations
Pt. I The legal and institutional framework
1 The environment and international society: issues, concepts and definitions 3
2 History 25
3 Governance: states, international organisations and non-state actors 70
4 International law-making and regulation 123
5 Compliance: implementation, enforcement, dispute settlement 171
Pt. II Principles and rules establishing standards
6 General principles and rules 231
7 Human rights and armed conflict 291
8 Atmosphere 317
9 Oceans and seas 391
10 Freshwater resources 459
11 Biological diversity 499
12 Hazardous substances and activities 618
13 Waste 675
14 The polar regions: Antarctica and the Arctic 710
15 European Community environmental law 732
Pt. III Techniques for implementing international principles and rules
16 Environmental impact assessment 799
17 Environmental information 826
18 Liability for environmental damage 869
19 International trade and competition 940
20 Financial resources, technology and intellectual property 1020
21 Foreign investment 1056
Index 1074
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)