Science-Based Lawmaking

How to Effectively Integrate Science in International Environmental Law

Authors: Avgerinopoulou, Dionysia-Theodora

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  • Offers an interesting historical perspective of the issue of decision and law-making in International Environmental Law
  • Presents a comparison of the law-making process of the majority of the international institutions with environmental relevance
  • Offers a new law-making model for the international environmental issues that comprises of best practices in lawmaking
  • Presents both scientific and legal information on main, current environmental issues, so that both scientists and lawyers that read the book may gain a complete picture
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The Book takes the approach of a critique of the prevailing international environmental law-making processes and their systemic shortcomings. It aims to partly redesign the current international environmental law-making system in order to promote further legislation and more effectively protect the natural environment and public health.

Through case studies and doctrinal analyses, an array of initial questions guides the reader through a variety of factors influencing the development of International Environmental Law. After a historical analysis, commencing from the Platonic philosophy up to present, the Book holds that some of the most decisive factors that could create an optimized law-making framework include, among others: progressive voting processes, science-based secondary international environmental legislation, new procedural rules, that enhance the participation in the law-making process by both experts and the public and also review the implementation, compliance and validity of the science-base of the laws.

The international community should develop new law-making procedures that include expert opinion. Current scientific uncertainties can be resolved either by policy choices or by referring to the so-called „sound science.“ In formulating a new framework for environmental lawmaking processes, it is essential to re-shape the rules of procedure, so that experts have greater participation in those, in order to improve the quality of International Environmental Law faster than the traditional processes that mainly embrace political priorities generated by the States. Science serves as one of the main tools that will create the next generation of International Environmental Law and help the world transition to a smart, inclusive, sustainable future. 

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: Is Contemporary International Environmental Law Based on Science?

    Pages 1-21

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  • Historical Background: What Are the Lessons Learnt from the Past and What Remains To Be Answered

    Pages 23-71

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  • Fragmentation of Science, International Environmental Law, and International Institutions

    Pages 75-91

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  • Causes of Pathology

    Pages 93-118

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  • Contemporary Lawmaking Processes and Progressive Lawmaking Processes That Bind the States Without Unanimous Vote

    Pages 121-131

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-21416-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Science-Based Lawmaking
Book Subtitle
How to Effectively Integrate Science in International Environmental Law
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-21417-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-21417-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-21416-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 419
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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