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POLSC412: International Law

Unit 7: International Environmental Law   Unit 7 Time Advisory
This unit will take you approximately 9 hours to complete. 

☐    Subunit 7.1: 4 hours

☐    Subunit 7.2: 5 hours 

Unit7 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:
- Describe international organizations with jurisdiction over environmental law. - Identify threats to the environment that are regulated by international laws and treaties. - Assess the effectiveness of international law in protecting the environment.

7.1 An Introduction to International Environmental Law   - Reading: Center for International Environmental Law: Marcos A. Orellana’s “Climate Change and the Millenium Goals: The Right To Development, International Cooperation and the Clean Development Mechanism” Link: Center for International Environmental Law: Marcos A. Orellana’s “Climate Change and the Millenium Goals: The Right To Development, International Cooperation and the Clean Development Mechanism” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Please go to the linked page and scroll down until you see the link for “Climate Change and the Millenium Goals: The Right To Development, International Cooperation and the Clean Development Mechanism (June 2010) (Orellana) [SUR, International Journal on Human Rights].”  Click on the link to download the PDF file and read the article.
 
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  • Reading: Ecovitality.org: “Causes of Environmental Law Failures” Link: Ecovitality.org: “Causes of Environmental Law Failures” (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article.
     
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  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Edith Brown Weiss’ “International Environmental Law—An Introduction” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Edith Brown Weiss’ “International Environmental Law—An Introduction” (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Click on the “English” link under the “International Environmental Law” heading.  Please watch the video presentation (39 mins.).
     
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  • Web Media: Judge Hanqin Xue ‘s “Transboundary Damage in International Law” Link: Judge Hanqin Xue ‘s “Transboundary Damage in International Law” (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Please watch the video presentation (48 mins.).
     
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7.2 International Environmental Law in the Developing World   - Reading: Center for International Environmental Law: Anne Perrault and Joanna Levitt’s “Using International Law and Institutions to Protect Children’s Environmental Health” Link: Center for International Environmental Law: Anne Perrault and Joanna Levitt’s “Using International Law and Institutions to Protect Children’s Environmental Health” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Go to the linked page and scroll down until you see the link for “Using International Law and Institutions to Protect Children's Environmental Health (June 2005) (CIEL/Physicians for Social Responsibility) (Perrault & Levitt).”  Click on the link to download the PDF file and read the article.
 
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  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Nico Schrijver’s “International Law in the Field of Sustainable Development—Evolution, Meaning and Status” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Nico Schrijver’s “International Law in the Field of Sustainable Development—Evolution, Meaning and Status” (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Click on the “English” link under the “Development” heading.  Please watch the video presentation (56 mins).
     
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  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Gian Luca Burci’s “International Law and Infectious Disease Control” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Gian Luca Burci’s “International Law and Infectious Disease Control” (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Please watch the video presentation (47 mins.).
     
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  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Matthias Herdegen’s “The International Regulation of Biotechnology” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Matthias Herdegen’s “The International Regulation of Biotechnology” (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Please watch the video presentation (27 mins.).
     
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