Environmental Liability in International Law: Towards a Coherent Conception

Rudiger Wolfrum (Editor), Christine Langenfeld (Editor), Petra Minnerop (Editor)

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Abstract

Transboundary environmental damage is on the increase internationally. Sectoral environmental liability regulations exist for many areas, such as the protection of the marine environment, water protection or oil spills. However, their conditions for liability often vary, which in some fields may lead to regulatory disparities or regulatory gaps. The authors have compiled and analysed a large part of existing international environmental liability regulations, which in the majority of cases are based on multilateral environmental conventions and jurisdiction. The study also compiles key components of existing international, European and national liability systems and identifies the main elements of consistent international environmental liability. According to the authors, the subsidiary and supplementary responsibility of states which is embodied in European law can be used to improve liability systems. This envisages a liability of states where they fail to transpose international environmental protection regulations into national law and do not reduce the risk of environmental damage. The principle that the polluter is liable for environmental damage he or she has caused would thus apply not only to private persons, but also to the public sector and states.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherErich Schmidt Verlag
Number of pages586
ISBN (Print)9783503090235
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameReports of the Federal Environmental Agency
PublisherErich Schmidt Verlag
No.5
Volume2

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  • Elements of Coherency in the Conception of International Environmental Liability Law

    Minnerop, P. & Wolfrum, R., 2005, Environmental Liability in International Law: Towards a Coherent Conception. Wolfrum, R., Langenfeld, C. & Minnerop, P. (eds.). Erich Schmidt Verlag, p. 495-512 (Reports of the Federal Environmental Agency; vol. 2, no. 5).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • European Community Law

    Minnerop, P., 2005, Environmental Liability in International Law: Towards a Coherent Conception. Wolfrum, R., Langenfeld, C. & Minnerop, P. (eds.). Erich Schmidt Verlag, p. 159-210 (Reports of the Federal Environmental Agency; vol. 2, no. 5).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • ‘Environmental Liability Provisions in International Law

    Minnerop, P. & Langenfeld, C., 2005, Environmental Liability in International Law: Towards a Coherent Conception. Wolfrum, R., Langenfeld, C. & Minnerop, P. (eds.). Erich Schmidt Verlag, p. 3-158 (Reports of the Federal Environmental Agency; vol. 2, no. 5).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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