Environmental Law

This page describes the work of Environmental Law Programme (ELP) which forms part of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) a membership network of government and civil society organisations concerned with nature conservation. There is information on the various initiatives run by the ELP including the World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), the Environmental Law Centre (ELC) and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.

United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP was established as a programme of the United Nations General Assembly as a result of the 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Its headquarters are in Nairobi and there are regional offices and specialised units around the world. This website at the Geneva Executive Centre describes the various conventions and treaties currently in force including the Basel Convention on Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure (hazardous chemicals), providing technical guidelines and downloadable documents.

Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs

Homepage of the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Information is provided on Defra, its organisation, aims and activities. The Department's remit covers the environment, agriculture, food and farming, rural communities, countryside, national parks, wildlife and pets. Each of these areas has a section of the website where information and documentation is provided including legislation. The site can be searched by keyword and a collection of links to other useful and related websites is available.

Rulemaking Gateway

The Rulemaking Gateway is a website of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. It provides free access for the public to the status of the EPA's priority rulemakings. The Gateway includes rules that have not yet been proposed, those open for public comment, those for which EPA is working on a final rule and those that have been recently finalised. Priority rulemakings are determined by regulatory managers based on criteria such as environmental significance, impact on the economy, external interest and effect on other EPA programmes.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is a non-departmental body responsible for the protection of the environment in Scotland. SEPA is responsible for monitoring the quality of Scotland's air, land and water and acts as the country’s environmental regulator. The site has sections providing information and publications dealing with air quality, climate change, flooding, land, planning, water quality, radioactive substances and waste.

ASIL Electronic Resource Guide : International Environmental Law

A chapter of the American Society of International Law's online Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law, concerned with International Environmental law. This chapter has been written by Anne Burnett, Reference and Foreign and International Law Librarian Law Library, University of Georgia School of Law, USA. The author provides an overview of the subject and suggests general search strategies for conducting legal research into international economic law on the Internet.

Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy

Web pages of the Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy, published by Taylor and Francis and produced in conjunction with the Whittier Law School, Los Angeles. The journal seeks to address the legal and political issues relating to humans' interrelationship with, and management of, wildlife, their habitats and the biosphere. Contents lists with abstracts are available from volume 1 (1998) to the current issue; from 2003 onwards it is also possible to buy individual articles or journal issues online.

Environmental Law Institute

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is a not-for-profit research and education institute based in Washington, US, which aims to shape the fields of environmental law, policy, and management in the US and beyond. The site provides information about the work of the ELI, including an overview of its programs relating to water resources; land and biodiversity; and innovation in governance. There is a searchable database of more than 4000 official guidance and policy documents, which ELR subscribers and Associates of the ELI can download for free, while others are charged a small fee.

Statistik Austria

Statistik Österreich, now called Statistik Austria, became an independent body in January 2000. Its remit is to disseminate national statistics in an impartial manner. Profiles cover economic, demographic, social, ecological and cultural aspects of Austria. Some information can be downloaded in PDF or Excel format, but it is not all freely available. It is also possible to search for Statistik Austria's publications by subject. All texts are in German. The English version of the site contains a limited amount of information.

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

Website of the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, a print journal published quarterly by students at Boston College Law School, Newton, USA and made freely available in full text online. Publication began in 1971. Each issue contains articles by prominent outside authors as well as student contributions. The focus on environmental issues is interpreted broadly to allow discussion of related and diverse topics such as global warming, corporate liability for environmental damages, animal rights, the tobacco industry, and kosher food laws.