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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

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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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Last updated:

Katherine Read, August 2021 (update in progress)

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This guide was created by Katherine Read, Principal Library Assistant at the IALS Library.


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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.

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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

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

Birnie, P. & Boyle, A. International law and the environment  3rd ed. 2009                       

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

Burnett-Hall, R. & Jones, B. Burnett-Hall on environmental law 3rd ed. 2012

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 implementing the Kyoto protocol mechanisms 2005  

Hedemann-Robinson, M. Enforcement of European Union environmental law: legal issues and challenges  2007

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)

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)

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

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

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

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


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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 the Electronic Law Library 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.

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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:

ASIL Electronic Resource Guide: Environmental Law (Anne Burnett) updated 2015

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  by Heidi Frostestad Kuehl  2019) (Globalex)

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