Environmental Law, the Economy and Sustainable Development: The United States, the European Union and the International Community

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-07
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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This book provides a comparative analysis of environmental regulation in multi-jurisdictional legal and political systems, focusing on the United States, the European Union, and the international community. Each of these systems must deal with environmental interdependencies that cross local borders. Some transjurisdictional environmental problems are global, including stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change and the loss of biodiversity. Other environmental problems, however, are localized in their effect on health and the environment: for example, municipal waste disposal, many forms of pollution and resource development, and drinking water quality. These varying jurisdictional and environmental circumstances pose the central question of how responsibility for addressing different environmental problems should be allocated among the different levels of decision making and implementation in a multi-jurisdictional system.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction: environmental regulation in multi-jurisdictional regimes
Environmental Regulation in Federal Systems
Federalism and environmental regulation: an overview
Economic criteria for applying the subsidiarity principle in European environmental law
The political economy of pollution control in a federal system
Environmental Regulation and International Trade
Environmental protection and the global trade order
International trade law and international environmental law: environmental taxes and border tax adjustment in WTO law and EC law
'Environmental protection and the global trade order': a different perspective
Choice of Environmental Policy Instruments
Economic incentives for environmental protection: opportunities and obstacles
Market-based incentives for environmental protection
Equity and efficiency in global emissions markets
The Environmental Standard-Setting Process
Institutions for regulating risk
Science and international environmental policy: the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
International Environmental Law and Sustainable Development
Environmental protection in the twenty-first century: sustainable development and international law
Markets and sustainability
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