Instructor(s) Atapattu, Sumudu

International Environmental Law

Evolution of international environmental law; its sources (formal and informal) and general principles; relevance of traditional principles of international law; survey of emerging principles (sustainable development, precautionary principle, polluter pays principle, common but differentiated responsibility principle, and inter-generational equity principle); institutions and global governance; discussion of special issues of relevance - global pollution problems, international trade and intellectual property issues, its relationship with human rights law; poverty, environmental refugees and the impact of armed conflict; and discussion of the future of international environmental law.

If the majority of the students interested in the course have not had international law before, a \\"crash course\\" in international law can be a part of the IEL course.

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