« September 2007 | Main | November 2007 »

October 28, 2007

New IUCN Academy EL Publication

Latest publication of IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Research Studies


Biodiversity Conservation, Law and Livelihoods: Bridging the North-South Divide

Edited by Michael I. Jeffery,











Karen Bubna-Litic




, Sydney Hardback (ISBN-13: 9780521885034)


This book presents a global perspective on biodiversity conservation and the maintenance of sustainable cultures. Contributions have been collected from scholars in every region of the world, and addresses issues from the international, regional, country-specific perspectives. Themes covered include the history and major government structures in this area; prerequisites to biodiversity conservation; biosecurity; and access to and sharing of benefits from components of biodiversity and their economic value.

For price and ordering options, inspection copy requests, and reading lists please go to the Cambridge University Press Website for your region:

Europe, Middle East and Africa | Americas | Asia | Australia and New Zealand


October 28, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

October 24, 2007

New Book on the Montreal Protocol


The Montreal Protocol: Celebrating   20 Years of Environmental Progress - Ozone Layer and Climate Protection


Edited by Donald Kaniaru

ISBN: 978 1 905017 51 5 •   Paperback • £50.00/US$100.00 • OUT NOW

About the Book


The passing of two   decades since the inception of the Montreal Protocol has provided scientific   proof of the treaty’s effectiveness and truly deserves the title of the most   successful environmental treaty to date. Having phased out 95 percent of the   ozone-depleting substances covered in the treaty, the Montreal Protocol has   not only allowed the ozone hole to begin the healing process, but as   scientists have recently discovered, the treaty has also been an incredibly   effective measure in mitigating climate change. Phasing out harmful ozone   substances that double as deadly greenhouse gases has delayed climate forcing   by 35-41 years.
  These ozone and climate benefits however, did not come easy. It took the work   and partnership of many to build the strong, but flexible structure that is   the Montreal Protocol today. The dedicated team of ozone officers from 191   countries and a critical funding mechanism developed to assist developing   countries have been great contributors to its success.
  This book aims to take a comprehensive look at the Montreal Protocol from its   very beginnings to the present, looking toward the future. Section I: Early   History: Science, Diplomacy, and Leadership is comprised of articles that   focus on the events leading up to the creation of the treaty and its early   years. Section II: Dynamic Evolution: Technology, Assessment, and Funding   lays out the structure of the Montreal Protocol, including the development of   the Multilateral Fund which has made possible the involvement of developing   countries in the phase-outs of ozone-depleting substances. The readings in   Section III: New Challenges: Following Through with Ozone and Joining the   Climate Battle, address the issue of climate change, and note that while it   is appropriate to commend the Montreal Protocol and the ozone team for past   successes, we cannot stop there. The authors speak to a proposed adjustment   to the treaty: an accelerated phase-out of HCFCs which would bring enormous   clima! te benefits—much more than the emissions reductions expected from the   first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Sherwood Rowland and Mario   Molina, Guus Velders, K. Madhava Sarma, Durwood Zaelke, Rajendra Shende,   Donald Kaniaru, Romina Picolotti, Steve O. Anderson, Mostafa Tolba, and   Richard Elliot Benedick are among the contributors to this book.


Abbreviated Table of Contents


  Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
  Marcos Gonzalez, Executive Secretary, UNEP Ozone Secretariat
  Section I:   Early History: Science, Diplomacy, and Leadership
  Section II:   Dynamic Evolution: Technology, Assessment, and Funding
  Section III:   New Challenges: Following Through with Ozone and Joining the Climate Battle   Afterword
  If Not Us, Who? If Not   Now, When?
  Dr. Mario J. Molina


About the Editor


Donald Kaniaru is a lawyer and advocate in   Kenya. Kaniaru formerly served as the Director of the Division of   Environmental Policy and Implementation and the Di¬vision on Environmental   Conventions during a 28-year career with the United Nations Environment   Programme.


Ordering Information


To   order this publication visit our Online   Bookshop


To   request a printed order form please email orders@cameronmay.com alternatively,   please contact us on our details below.
  For details of our other international law titles please visit our website

  Cameron May Ltd, 7 Cornwall Crescent, London, W11 1PH, UK
  Ph: +44 20 7792 0075, Fax: +44 20 7792 1055,
  Email: info@cameronmay.com


October 24, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

October 15, 2007

Call for Papers: Yale JIL





Deadline: December 10, 2007


The Yale Journal of International Law (YJIL) is accepting submissions

for its Young Scholars' Conference, which will take place on March 1,

2008. The Conference aims to encourage scholarship in international

law among current J.D. students by giving them an opportunity to

present a paper and receive feedback from distinguished professors in

the field. The Conference will include panel presentations of student

scholarship, a roundtable discussion on careers in legal academia, a

keynote address, and a closing dinner. Two of the papers presented at

the Conference will be selected for publication in YJIL. Support for

the Conference has been provided by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen '37 Fund.


YJIL will accept papers of no more than 15,000 words (including

footnotes) on topics in international law from current J.D. students.

Papers that have previously been published will not be considered.

Presenters must be able to travel to New Haven, CT, for a full day of

events on March 1, 2008. YJIL will provide presenting students with

accommodations and cover up to $200 of their conference-related travel



Submissions, accompanied by author's c.v., should be sent to



October 15, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

October 12, 2007

IPCC AR4 Conference Announcement

Conference Announcement


The Synthesis Report of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR 4) will play an important role for decisions made under the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol on the post 2012 negotiations. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the German IPCC Coordination Office and the European Climate Forum announce and invite you to attend the upcoming international conference:


*“What’s next? – Policy responses to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report”*


Friday, November 23 2007, 9am to 6.30pm


Abgeordnetenhaus, Niederkirchnerstr.5 Berlin


* *

The conference will take place between the two important international

events: a few days after the approval and adoption of the Synthesis Report of the IPCC AR4 and ten days before the UN Climate Conference will start. The IPCC Chairman as well as Lead Authors from the IPCC AR4 will present the main outcomes and discuss their implications for the international negotiations and the post-2012 process with scientists, policy makers and business representatives.


There is no fee for attendance but prior registration is required. The registration form and further information are available at www.ipcc.european-climate-forum.net








Antonella Battaglini MBA

Managing Director

European Climate Forum




Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) Telegrafenberg C4 - 14412 Potsdam tel +49 331 2882670 fax +49 331 2882600 mailto:antonella@pik-potsdam.de

October 12, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

October 9, 2007

Call for Contributors: Handbook of GEIs

Hello all,

I’ve been asked by the publisher World Scientific (http://www.worldscientific.com), to edit a new book, entitled A Handbook of Global Environmental Issues. The co-editor will be

Joel Heinen

, a conservation biologist and the Chair of the Environmental Studies Department at




. While World Scientific is primarily a publisher of medical, scientific, and technical publications, it is seeking to expand its social science offerings, and this book is part of that strategy. However, given the primary market of the publisher, it is contemplated that the Handbook’s chapters should include a scientific/ecological component where germane.

We are seeking potential contributors of chapters on the topics listed below, with the following guidelines:

1. 8000-12,000 words per chapter, including citations;

2. Submission of first drafts by June 1, 2008;

3. Because this is intended to be a “handbook,” the approach should be to provide a broad-brush overview of a topic rather than focusing on one particular aspect;

4. We will consider publication of a previous work, or a modified version, with permission of the publisher of the earlier work;

5. We will also consider proposals for pertinent topics not on this list

If you are interested in participating in this project, please submit the following as soon as possible:

1. A one to two paragraph abstract describing your approach to the topic you select;

2. An outline for the chapter

It is my hope to begin commissioning chapters within the next month. I hope that some of the members of the list will join us in this project! Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have. wil

Dr. Wil Burns

Senior Fellow, International Environmental Law

Santa Clara



of Law

500 El Camino Real, Loyola 101

Santa Clara, CA 95053 USA

Phone: 408.551.3000 x6139

Mobile: 650.281.9126

Fax:     408.554.2745


SSRN Author Page: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=240348

International Environmental Law Blog: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/intlenvironment/


  1. Climate      change 
  2. Desertification
  3. Transboundary      water law and politics 
  4. Sustainable      development 
  5. International      wildlife law and policy 
  6. Transboundary      trade in hazardous waste 
  7. Interface of trade and      environmental regimes
  8. The Precautionary principle
  9. Ocean pollution and      institutional responses   
  10. Transboundary air pollution      and institutional responses
  11. Implementation, compliance and      effectiveness mechanisms for international environmental agreements     
  12. Voluntary/corporate      environmental initiatives (e.g. ISO, Equator)
  13. Impacts of globalization on      the global environment
  14. Fisheries: status and      management 
  15. International environmental      governance
  16. European Union (or regional)      and international environmental policymaking
  17. The polluter pays principle      and international environmental law
  18. The role of intergovernmental      organizations in international environmental policymaking
  19. Conservation Biology: Global      focus
  20. Energy and the Environment: global      focus
  21. Forests
  22. The Environmental Kuznets      Curve, or more broadly, global environmental/ecological economics     

October 9, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack