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Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 2021, Volume 52 - A Greener International Law - International Legal Responses to the Global Environmental Crisis
Series: Netherlands Yearbook of International Law

April 2023 Editor: Dr Daniëlla Dam-de Jong, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Editor: Prof Fabian Amtenbrink, Department of International and European Union Law, Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Managing Editor: Dr Carl Emilio Lewis, T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague, The Netherlands



  • Published: April 2023
  • Pages: viii + 347 pp.
  • Publisher: T.M.C. ASSER PRESS
  • Distributor: Springer

This book engages with international legal responses to the global environmental crisis.

Humanity faces a triple planetary crisis, consisting of the interlinked problems of climate change, depletion of biological diversity and pollution. The chapters in this volume of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law address important questions of how and to what extent these environmental concerns have been integrated into international law, who or what drives these developments, and what all of this tells us about international law’s ability to tackle the challenges that a deteriorating environment brings for the future of life on Earth.

The strength of the volume is that it brings together a wide range of perspectives on the ‘greening’ phenomenon in international law. It includes perspectives from international environmental law, human rights law, investment law, financial law, humanitarian law and criminal law. Moreover, it raises important questions regarding the validity of the predominant approach in international law to (the protection of) nature. By providing such a wide range of perspectives on international legal responses (or lack thereof) to the environmental crisis, the volume seeks to engage scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines. It invites readers to compare the state-of-the-art across disciplines and to reflect on ways to strengthen international law’s responses to the environmental crisis. Furthermore, as has become standard for the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law, the second part consists of a section on Dutch practice in international law.

The Netherlands Yearbook of International Law was first published in 1970. It offers a forum for the publication of scholarly articles in a varying thematic area of public international law.

Specific to this volume:

  • Provides a broad overview of the ‘greening’ phenomenon in international law
  • Offers insights into what and who drive the ‘greening’ phenomenon
  • Contributes to the debate on strengthening the integration of environmental concerns in international law

Click here for general information about the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law (ISSN: 0167-6768, EISSN: 1574-0951).

If you are interested in submitting your article, please contact the Managing Editor: Dr. Carl Emilio Lewis, T.M.C. Asser Instituut, The Hague, The Netherlands,

Click here for the Author Guidelines, the topic(s) of the upcoming volume(s) and the documentation (online since 2011).

The Netherlands Yearbook of International Law is published in the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law Series

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