Gaps in International Environmental Law: Toward a Global Pact for the Environment

Gaps in International Environmental Law: Toward a Global Pact for the Environmen
Maria Antonia Tigre
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The United Nations has set in motion a process to discuss and potentially reach agreement on a Global Pact for the Environment. This book informs those discussions, providing a deep dive into the challenges that characterize international environmental law today as well as the necessary background on the past five decades during which these frameworks were created. The book also describes contemporary negotiations about how, and even whether, to clarify and strengthen the norms that guide us today. By providing a clear picture of the competing trajectories of the current state of the law and our environment, this book equips readers with the knowledge and confidence to shape the future evolution of international environmental law.

About the Author

Maria Antonia Tigre (S.JD. Candidate, LL.M., Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, J.D., Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro) is the Deputy Director for Latin America for the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE) and a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law. She is the author and co-author of several publications on themes related to Latin American, regional, and international environmental law. Her current research specifically focuses on issues concerning environmental rights and the reshaping of the existing framework of international environmental law. Originally from Brazil, she also researches environmental protection of the Amazon ecosystem, with an emphasis on regional cooperation. Her first book, Regional Cooperation in Amazonia: A Comparative Environmental Law Analysis, was published in 2017. Ms. Tigre has previously worked in the private sector and at nonprofit organizations. She was a visiting scholar at Widener Law School and Maurice A. Dean Law School at Hofstra University.

Book Reviews

“Maria Antonia Tigre has produced the definitive study of what would be the fi rst, legally binding, global charter for the protection of the environment, tracing its full history, from its origins in France’s premier legal think tank, to the present, and even into the future as she outlines likely steps that need to be taken toward 2022. She methodically and painstakingly details the development of drafts and the arguments, pro and con, for the adoption of a Global Pact for the Environment, as she maps the work of the hundreds of people who have participated in this monumental endeavor. This book is essential reading not only for those seeking to understand this effort, but for anyone interested in the complexities and challenges of lawmaking at the international level.”

—Erin Daly Director, Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment

“Maria Antonia Tigre has created a much-needed resource for all of us working toward a Global Pact for the Environment.”

—Yann Aguila Environmental Law Commission Chair, Club des Juristes

“The development of the Global Pact for the Environment represents the most important single event in the formation of international environmental law since the Rio Declaration in 1992. The debates over the content and strategy of the Global Pact raise questions over what soft law, principles, and sustainable development can mean (and should mean) in the 21st century. Maria Antonia Tigre’s deep and informed analysis provides an invaluable history and assessment of this important work in progress.”

—James Salzman Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA Law School Co-author, International Environmental Law and Policy