Yesterday I took delivery of a copy of my book, International Courts and Environmental Protection, which is published by Cambridge University Press. It is great finally to see the work in print.
The book is based on my doctorate and seeks to offer a comprehensive examination of international environmental litigation from the very first cases through to the most recent. At the heart of the book lies the question: what benefits, if any, are brought by litigating environmental disputes on the international plane? The answer I give is a mixed one. Some international courts and tribunals (such as the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea) have been at the vanguard of developments, while others (such as the International Court of Justice) have been towards the back of the caravan. Interestingly it is some adjudicative bodies without an environmental specialisation, such as WTO Panels and the Appellate Body, that have been surprisingly 'activist' when it comes to addressing the great global environmental issues of our time.