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International Environmental Law: Home

This guide supports the International Environmental Law course.

International Agreements

UN Treaty Collection provides the text (UNTS) and status info for many multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary General.

Hein Online's US Treaties & Agreements Library is an excellent source for treaties in which the U.S. is a party.

Frequently-Cited Treaties & Other Instruments - links and citations for oft-cited int'l agreements; includes section on Environmental Treaties

Environmental Treaties

A number of environment treaties are accessible via the EISIL database in its International Environmental Law category.

The Environmental Treaties and Resource Indicators database (ENTRI) at Columbia provides access to environmental treaty text and other information, including Conference of Parties decisions.

Here are a few examples of environmental agreements, representing the broad range of topics encompassed by international environmental law:

Convention on Biological Diversity

Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal

Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural & Natural Heritage

United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)


Representative Organizations

Intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, think tanks and other entities often collect, organize and make available materials. Below are a few such entities:




Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

EU Environmental Policy

OECD Environment



Current Awareness/Hot Topics

Bloomberg Law BNA Environment & Energy Reporter - log into your Bloomberg account; sign up for daily updates via email

CIEL Blog- Center for International Environmental Law 

ELaw News - updates from the Environmental Law Alliance ("a global alliance of attorneys, scientists and other advocates collaborating across borders to promote grassroots efforts to build a sustainabl, just future")  

Linkages (Int'l Institute for Sustainable): news and information from international environmental and sustainable development negotiations; multiple relevant listservs; upcoming conferences.

ASIL Insights - concise accounts of int'l law issues raised by late-breaking events

Search for law blogs at Justia Blawg Search

Customary International Law

Oxford Reports on International Law - int'l tribunal and domestic court decisions involving international law; search by keywords or browsing (subject/jurisdiction); includes analysis and translation for many decisions

ECOLEX - combines the environmental law information holdings of FAO, IUCN and UNEP. Provides access to environmental law treaties, legislation, cases and literature.

FAOLEX - collection of domestic laws and regulations on food, agriculture and renewable natural resources

International Tribunals

Oxford Reports on International Law - int'l tribunal and domestic court decisions involving international law; search by keywords or browsing (subject/jurisdiction); includes analysis and translation for many decisions

Examples of International Environmental Law Books at the Law Library

This is a sampling of relevant materials available in the Law Library. Additional available items, including e-books, can be found using our online catalog, GAVEL. In addition to the subject heading of ENVIRONMENTAL LAW--INTERNATIONAL, relevant items may be assigned subjects such as CLIMATIC CHANGES, MARINE POLLUTION, NATURAL RESOURCES, RADIOACTIVE POLLUTION OF THE SEA, SHORE PROTECTION, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, TRANSBOUNDARY POLLUTION, and WILDLIFE CONSERVATION. For a more flexible search, try a keyword search.

Finding Articles

Expand your search for articles beyond Westlaw and Lexis with the resources in our Find Articles guide.

The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals may be especially helpful for this seminar.

To catch articles pre-publication, make sure to search the Legal Scholarship Network in SSRN.

Examples of relevant books at the Main Library

The Main Library, next door to the Law School, also collects relevant materials. Use their online catalog, GIL, to identify additional print and electronic items. Below are some examples:

General Resources on Scholarly Legal Writing

Foreign Environmental Law Resources

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