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The International Law Research Program's work on environmental law aims to advance the effective use of science-based international, transnational and national law to protect the environment, reverse climate change and achieve sustainable prosperity.

More broadly, the law program’s focus on international environmental law is on:

  • Assessing the efficacy of bilateral or regional environmental agreements versus multilateral environmental agreements;
  • International or transnational governance and regulation of the extractive industry and energy sector, including the concept of environmental protection as a human right; and
  • Assessing international, transnational and local law-based and market-based approaches to reversing climate change.


Experts with the program are currently developing and leading examinations of the effectiveness of international environmental law regimes and are focused on the avoidance of international disputes through the development of effective environmental measures that are not a disguised restriction on international trade. 

For additional details on the program’s research priorities for international environmental law or to participate in the ILRP's forthcoming consultation workshops on international environmental law, please contact ILRP Program Manager Scott Lewis.