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International Environmental Law and the Global South



Shawkat Alam

Sumudu Atapattu


This book examines the ways in which the conflicting perspectives and priorities of the global North and the global South have compromised the effectiveness of international environmental law, including deadlocks in international negotiations and inadequate compliance with existing environmental agreements. Through contributions from eminent scholars in the North and the South, the book analyzes the historic origins and contemporary manifestations of the North-South divide across a wide range of environmental problems -- climate change being a classic example -- and emphasizes opportunities to overcome this divide through practices that address historic inequities and enhance the participation of the global South in the development and implementation of international environmental law. Drawing upon their knowledge of specific regulatory regimes, the contributors to this volume will discuss how the North-South divide operates in distinct areas of international environmental law, and explore legal strategies to bridge this divide.


Razzaque, J., González, C., Alam, S., & Atapattu, S. (2015). International Environmental Law and the Global South. Cambridge University Press

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Sep 1, 2015
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
ISBN 9781107055698
Keywords environmental law, global south, north-south divide, environmental governance, environmental justice
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