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Bridging the Gap between International Investment Law and the Environment

Bridging the Gap between International Investment Law and the Environment
  • Year of publication 2015
  • 484 pages
Editor:Yulia Levashova, Tineke Lambooy, and Ige Dekker
Series:Legal Perspectives on Global Challenges (volume 4)
Categories: Law Business and Commercial Law
Law Environmental Law
Icon_printbook 978‐94‐6236‐587‐2 | hardcover | 1st edition | € 97,00 / $ 145,50 / £ 89,50

This book addresses the topical question how national and international environmental concerns could be adequately integrated into international investment law. It covers the question whether international investment law restricts state sovereignty in an unacceptable way, in particular the freedom of host states to develop national policies and regulation for the improvement of the environment. This book first analyzes the interaction between international investment law and the protection of the environment on the basis of concepts such as sustainable development, fair and equitable treatment, and international responsibility. Secondly, several chapters discuss challenges which are encountered in attempts to integrate environmental concerns in investment policies in specific sectors and regions (e.g. climate change, water pollution, renewable and nuclear energy, and the European Union region). And, thirdly, specific case studies illustrate the legal and policy tensions between investment law and environmental protection, namely Vattenfall’s disputes with Germany, legal clashes between Chevron and Ecuador, and multinational mining companies’ conflicts in Indonesia. The contributions are written by international experts in the field of international investment law and environmental law. This book would also be of interest for policy makers and other practitioners, who can use the insights provided, as a guide in their work.

Target group

Academics and practitioners in the field of international investment law as well as academics and professionals in the field of environmental law.

Author's information

Yulia Levashova is a PhD candidate at Utrecht University and a researcher at the Center for Sustainability of Nyenrode Business University.

Tineke Lambooy is Professor Corporate Law at Nyenrode Business University and Associate Professor Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the School of Law of Utrecht University.

Ige Dekker is Professor of International Institutional Law at the School of Law of Utrecht University. 

Ars Aequi January 2016

review in journal Ars Aequi (language: Dutch)

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