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The International Law of Environmental Impact Assessment
Process, Substance and Integration


Part of Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law

  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521184069

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  • The central idea animating environmental impact assessment (EIA) is that decisions affecting the environment should be made through a comprehensive evaluation of predicted impacts. Notwithstanding their evaluative mandate, EIA processes do not impose specific environmental standards, but rely on the creation of open, participatory and information rich decision-making settings to bring about environmentally benign outcomes. In light of this tension between process and substance, Neil Craik assesses whether EIA, as a method of implementing international environmental law, is a sound policy strategy, and how international EIA commitments structure transnational interactions in order to influence decisions affecting the international environment. Through a comprehensive description of international EIA commitments and their implementation with domestic and transnational governance structures, and drawing on specific examples of transnational EIA processes, the author examines how international EIA commitments can facilitate interest coordination, and provide opportunities for persuasion and for the internalisation of international environmental norms.

    • Interdisciplinary approach provides theoretical understanding of relationship between process-oriented legal scholarship and strands of international relations theory and domestic environmental policy studies
    • Examination of sources of international EIA commitments and their antecedents in domestic and international environmental law allows for comparative analysis across different treaty regimes
    • Illustrative case examples and in-depth analysis of a particular form of international environmental governance gives reader the necessary knowledge and understanding for further empirical analysis
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'Whether interested in theory or practice, the contribution of international EIA norms to process, substance and integration is admirably documented and analysed in this book, which is a significant addition to the literature on EIA and the law at all levels.' Simon Marsden, Journal of Environmental Conservation

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521184069
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Introduction and overview
    Part II. Background Norms:
    2. Domestic origins of International EIA
    3. EIAs and general principles of international environmental law
    Part III. EIA Commitments in International Law:
    4. Sources of international EIA commitments
    5. The structure of international EIA commitments
    Part IV. The Role of EIA Commitments in International Law:
    6. EIAs as compliance mechanisms
    7. EIAs, interests and legitimacy
    Part V. Conclusion:
    8. EIAs and the process and substance of international environmental law

  • Author

    Neil Craik, University of New Brunswick

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