Global Environmental Law
Welcome to Global Environmental Law! This website is maintained by Professor Robert Percival of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
The Development of Global Environmental Law
Globalization is transforming law and legal education. Nowhere is this more evident than in the field of environmental law. Environmental problems are viewed increasingly as transcending national borders and some—including global warming and climate change—pose significant risks to the very health of the planet. As a result, law has become a critical part in the efforts to combat global environmental problems and improve living conditions in developing countries.
Legal systems across the globe are responding to environmental concerns in surprising new ways. Throughout the world, nations are upgrading their environmental standards. As they do so, they are frequently transplanting law and regulatory policy innovations derived from the experience of other countries, including nations with very different legal and cultural traditions. In addition, various law schools are launching clinics to give students a practical experience in environmental law as it becomes an important specialty field.