New Book on UK Approach to Externalize Environmental Practices

A difficult topic is how to integrate good environmental practices into the DNA of developing nations. And, we all have a stake because air pollution is not local, and the oceans are global commons subject to destruction by any bad actor. The new book mentioned below addresses the UK approach to externalizing good practices.

Environmental Integration in the EU’s External Relations

Beyond Multilateral Dimensions

Gracia Marín Durán and Elisa Morgera

The book examines the integration of environmental protection requirements into EU external relations focusing on unilateral, bilateral and inter-regional instruments, which have been less explored than the multilateral dimension of EU environmental policy. The book also explores for the first time the complex interplay and mutual influences between EU environmental integration initiatives and environmental multilateralism. On the one hand it identifies the legal and other instruments used by the EU to support the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements in third countries (particularly developing ones). On the other hand, it singles out the legal and other tools employed by the EU as a means to build partnerships with third countries in order to influence ongoing multilateral negotiations concerning the environment and sustainable development, or to contribute to the development of new international environmental norms in the absence of such multilateral negotiations. Ultimately, the book traces the significant evolution of the various tools deployed by the EU to integrate environmental concerns in its external relations, with a view to identifying emerging challenges and future directions.

Gracia Marín Durán is Lecturer in International Economic Law, University of Edinburgh School of Law.

Elisa Morgera is Lecturer in European Environmental Law, University of Edinburgh School of Law.


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