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Part I Context, Ch.7 Scholarship

Duncan French and, Lynda Collins

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law (2nd Edition)

Edited By: Lavanya Rajamani, Jacqueline Peel

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 March 2023

International environmental law

This chapter investigates the role of international environmental law scholarship in shaping the sub-discipline, explores its limitations, and reflects on the relationship between scholarship and praxis. It begins by defining the context, content, and key players in international environmental law scholarship. The chapter then looks at major challenges in the area, including fragmentation, reactivity, under-represented voices and issues, and inter-disciplinarity. Finally, it elaborates the important dialectic between theory and practice in international environmental law, touching in particular on the role of international environmental law scholars in litigation, advocacy, and consultancy. The general theme of the chapter is that international environmental law scholarship is a rich, maturing, and increasingly diverse body of work, and yet it lacks coherency in some important respects.

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