Title

The Role of the National Courts in the Field of International Environmental Law

Review of European Community & International Environmental Law [RECIEL], Vol. 7, No. 1 (1998), pp. 11-20

Abstract

In 1996 the American Society of International Law's Interest Group in International Environmental Law (ASIL-IELIG) undertook a comparative study of the application of international environmental law by national courts. The present issue of RECIEL contains six articles adapted from reports from this study. The full study will be published by the British Institution of International and Comparative Law, and will include reports on a broad range of countries from around the world. Each country report surveys the domestic case-law involving the direct or indirect application of international environmental law, as well as the barriers to the greater application of international environmental law by national courts. This article provides background on the rationale of the study, its relationship to existing scholarship, the criteria for case selection, and an analysis of the project results.