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A Basic Guide to International Environmental Legal Research

An overview of resources for researching international environmental law.

Introduction

This guide will provide an overview of the key terms, general starting points by sub-topic of international environmental law and correlating treaties and agreements, a summary of the essential websites and secondary sources for international environmental legal research, and an approach for researching the primary law of foreign jurisdictions for this topic.  Finally, an overview of the prominent international organizations and correlating documentation produced for international environmental law and blogs for current awareness in this field will be provided for a comprehensive overview.

For other specialized topics in international environmental law research, please consult the GlobaLex guides on International Marine Environmental Law by Arundhati Ashok Satkalmi, Kyoto Protocol by Deborah Paulus-Jagrič, Sustainable Development Law by Gary Yessin, and Transboundary Freshwater: Research Guide on Transboundary Freshwater Treaties and Other Resources by Barbara H. Bean.

Emeritus Librarian James Hart adapted and updated this guide in 2016 from a guide authored by Heidi Frostestad Kuehl, Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law, Northern Illinois University. This guide has been revised and updated by Associate Director Susan Boland.

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