In this Guide
This guide aims to give a brief introduction to the Library's holdings on Environmental Law and Climate Change. Please consult the Library Catalogue and the List of Current Serials for complete information on current titles and locations. If you require further assistance please contact us.
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Introduction to the Library Catalogue
This Subject Guide only lists a selection of Library resources on Environmental Law and Climate Change. To find additional resources you will need to search the Library Catalogue, which covers the complete holdings of the Library. It is possible to search for books, journals and series of law reports by author, title or keyword. Please note it is not possible to search for individual chapters, journal articles or legislation (e.g. individual Acts or SIs).
IALS Library is mainly open access and readers are able to browse the shelves in the main collection. There are two main exceptions to this:
- Older items (marked RES or Depository on the catalogue record) are kept in the closed basement.
- Key texts for LLM students are often kept in the Short Loan collection.
Please request these at the Library Enquiry Desk on the 4th Floor.
For more information on understanding the catalogue record and further guidance on the location of materials please refer to our guide Classmarks and the Location of Resources in the Library.
The Library classifies textbooks either by jurisdiction (GO13, GA2 etc.) or according to subject area, examples of which include Comparative Law (SB), Public International Law (SG) and Private International Law/ Conflict of Laws (SH). Textbooks on Common Law topics for Common Law jurisdictions (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, USA) are shelved in a special section (SJ). All classmark sections have a FOL section for oversize volumes, which is located on the same floor of the Library.
When you are searching the Library Catalogue for books, please note that only the current edition is held on the open shelves or in the Short Loan collection. IALS has a rich collection of previous editions held in the closed basement and these will display a Depository number on the catalogue. Please request previous editions from the Issue & Enquiry Desk on the 4th floor.
European Union material is shelved at GO1.A1.C.7 or GO1.A8.C.71.
International material is shelved at SG75.
The following list represents a selection of textbooks on environmental law. Please check the catalogue records for further information and location:
Akanle (Tamilola) International environmental law and distributive justice 2013
Alder, J. & Wilkinson, D. Environmental law and ethics 1999
Bell, S. et al. Environmental law 8th ed. 2013
Birnie, P. & Boyle, A. International law and the environment 3rd ed. 2009
Bodansky, D. et al. Oxford handbook of international environmental law 2007
Burhenne, W.E. International environmental law: multilateral treaties
Burhenne, W.E. & Robinson, N.A. International protection of the environment: conservation in sustainable development
Burnett-Hall, R. & Jones, B. Burnett-Hall on environmental law 3rd ed. 2012
Freestone, D. & Streck, C. Legal aspects of implementing the Kyoto protocol mechanisms 2005
Hedemann-Robinson, M. Enforcement of European Union environmental law: legal issues and challenges 2007
Hughes, D. Environmental law 4th ed. 2002
Jans, J.H. European environmental law: After Lisbon 4th ed. 2012
Johnson, S.P. Environmental policy of the European Communities 2nd ed. 1995
Kiss, A. & Shelton, D. International environmental law 3rd ed. 2004
Krämer, L. EU environmental law 7th ed. 2011
Leal-Arcas, R. Climate change and international trade 2013
Lee, M. EU environmental law, governance and decision making 2nd ed. 2014
Makuch, K. & Pereira, R. Environmental and energy law 2012
Peeters, M. & Deketelaere, K. EU climate change policy: the challenge of new regulatory initiatives 2006
Roggenkamp, M. Energy law in Europe: national, EU and international regulation. 3rd ed. 2016
Sands, P. Principles of international environmental law 3rd ed. 2012
Sands, P. & Galizzi, P. Documents in international environmental law 2nd ed. 2004
Sands, P. & Galizzi, P. Documents in European Community environmental law 2nd ed. 2006
Robinson, J. Climate change law : emissions trading in the EU and the UK 2007
Soltau, F. Fairness in international climate change law and policy 2009
Tromans, S. Environmental impact protection 2012
Wolf, S. Wolf & Stanley on environmental law 6th ed. 2013
Zillman, D. Beyond the carbon economy 2008
IALS Library holds a wide selection of current serial titles on environmental law from many different jurisdictions. These are located on all floors of the Library. Some titles are only in printed volumes while others or available in both formats. For more detailed help, please refer to the guide on Finding journal articles. The following titles focus particularly on environmental law and climate chnage but there may be relevant articles in less specialised journals.
Legislation and law reports
If you are interested in legislation or cases concerning environmental law issues in specific countries you will need to consult the legislation or law reports for that jurisdiction.
Consult the List of Serials and Library Catalogue to find the general classmark for the country you require. Consult consolidations of legislation, digests or indexes to trace particular acts or cases.
Academic users may also use databases like Lexis/Westlaw to find UK, US, EU or international decisions. For further information please refer to the Electronic Law Library or ask at the Library Enquiry Desk.
Free internet sources
Eagle-i is an internet portal maintained and updated by IALS library staff. It allows you to search for quality web resources on environmental law and climate change http://184.108.40.206/dbtw-wpd/textbase/searchEI.htm.
A valuable free source is BAILII, the British and Irish Legal information Institute which is based and maintained at IALS. It provides free access to full text UK judgments and legislation on a wide range of subjects including environmental law and climate change and also links to other free World Law databases. Jurisdictions covered in these resources include Commonwealth countries eg. AustLII (Australia) and CanLII (Canada), France, Germany, Italy, the USA and South Africa.
The following represent a sample of the available quality individual web resources on environmental law and climate change:
ASIL Electronic Resource Guide: Environmental Law (Anne Burnett) updated August 2013.
European Environmental Law Network (EEL)
Heidi Frostestad Kuehl. Basic Guide to International Environmental Legal Research. Updated June 2017 (Globalex)
Deborah Paulus-Jagrič. Global warming: a comparative guide to the E.U. and the U.S. and their approaches to the U.N. framework convention on climate change and the Kyoto protocol. (Updated October 2014) (Globalex)
These printed subject guides are all available on the IALS web site at the following address.