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Environmental Law and Climate Change: IALS Library Guides

A guide to the library's holdings on environmental law and climate change

Environmental law and climate change

Guide last updated by Katherine Read, November 2023

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This guide aims to give a brief introduction to the Library's holdings on Environmental Law and Climate Change. Please consult the Library Catalogue 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.

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).

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.

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. Titles marked as e-books may also be available in print. Access from home requires your IALS library barcode and your  family name.  E books with 'open access' status on the catalogue are available to all users of this guide. 

Akanle, T.  International environmental law and distributive justice 2013

Attapattu, S. and others  Cambridge handbook of environmental justice and sustainable development  2021 CUP (e-book)

Bell, S. et al. Environmental law 9th ed. 2017

Birnie, P. & Boyle, A. Birnie Boyle & Redgwell's International law and the environment  4th ed. 2021                      

Bodansky, D. et al. Oxford handbook of international environmental law 2007

Bodansky, D. International climate change law 2017 OUP (e-book)

Cullet, P. Research handbook on law, environment and the global south  2019 Elgar (e-book)

Elgar encyclopedia of environmental law (ed. Faure) 2016- Elgar  (e-book)  

Fisher, E. and others  Environmental law text cases and materials 2nd ed. 2019

Freestone, D. & Streck, C. Legal aspects of carbon trading:  Kyoto, Copenhagen and beyond   OUP 2009 (e-book)

Jans, J.H. European environmental law: After Lisbon 4th ed. 2012                

Kiss, A.  & Shelton, D. International environmental law  3rd ed. 2004

Krämer, L. EU environmental law 8th ed. 2015 

Leal-Arcas, R. Climate change and international trade 2013  Elgar (e-book)

Leal-Arcas, R. Climate and energy governance for a sustainable future  2023 Springer (e-book)

Lee, M. EU environmental law, governance and decision making 2nd ed. 2014

Lees E. & Viñuales, J.  Oxford handbook of comparative environmental law   2019 OUP (e-book)

Lothian, S. Marine conservation and international law : legal instruments for biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction Routledge 2023

Makuch, K. & Pereira, R. Environmental and energy law 2012

May, J. & Daly E. Human rights and the environment : legality, indivisibility, dignity and geography 2019

Mayer, B. and Zahar, A.  Debating climate law   2021  CUP   (e-book)

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

Rudall, J. Compensation for Environmental Damage under International Law. 1st ed. 2020 (e-book)

Sands, P. Principles of international environmental law 4th ed. 2018  

Sands, P. & Galizzi, P. Documents in international environmental law 2nd ed. 2004

Soltau, F. Fairness in international climate change law and policy 2009

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 change but there may be relevant articles in less specialised journals.

Buffalo environmental law journal  open access 

Canadian environmental law reports

Columbia journal of environmental law  open access

Duke environmental law and policy forum  open access 

Ecology law quarterly  open access 

Environmental law (Northwestern School of Law)  open access 

Environmental law review  E-journal

European energy and environmental law review

Harvard environmental law review open access 

International and comparative environmental law

Journal of environmental law  E-journal

Journal of planning and environment law  E-journal

Natural resources and environment  E-Journal

Review of European Community and international environmental law E-journal

Revue juridique de l'environnement  E-journal

Yearbook of international environmental law  E-Journal

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  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 Law Databases  or ask at the Library Enquiry Desk.

You may also find it useful to refer to our guides on finding Legislation and Cases or check to see if we have a Jurisdiction Research Guide for the country you are interested in.

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.

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:


European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law  (IMPEL) (2021-)

Heidi Frostestad Kuehl.  Basic Guide to International Environmental Legal Research. Updated May/June 2022 (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  by Heidi Frostestad Kuehl  2019) (Globalex)