1st Edition

The European Union and Global Environmental Protection
Transforming Influence into Action



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ISBN 9780367893217
November 17, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines how the EU can be a more proactive actor in the promotion of the principles of sustainability and fairness from a legal environmental perspective.

The European Union and Global Environmental Protection begins with an introduction and assessment of the key EU competences, international and regional instruments and mechanisms, as well as the current legal framework in place at the EU level. It then explores case study examples from four regulated fields- climate change, multilateral trade, unregulated fishing and access to justice- and four unregulated areas- mainstreaming of the Sustainable Development Goals in EU policies, environmental crime, migratory issues, and environmental justice- highlighting the extent to which the EU might align with international environmental regimes or extend its normative power. Finally, the book concludes with a cross-cutting analysis based on the case studies’ findings, focusing on how the EU can have stronger policy influence on international environmental governance.

This volume will be of great relevance to students, scholars and EU policy makers with an interest in international environmental law and policy.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1.: Introduction

Mar Campins Eritja, University of Barcelona

Chapter 2: Climate change: Some Challenges for Enhancing the EU's International Influence

Mar Campins Eritja, University of Barcelona

1.- Introductory remarks

2.- The shared exercise of EU competences.

3.- A comprehensive and integrated approach to fight climate change.

4.- The United States withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and the EU stronger

alliance with China

5.- The Brexit and its impact on the EU climate policy

6.- Final remarks

List of references

Chapter 3: The EU Diplomacy for Biodiversity and the Future EU Biodiversity Strategy

Teresa Fajardo del Castillo, University of Granada

1. Introductory remarks

2. A EU competence and a legal mandate to protect biodiversity globally

3. Is there a specific EU diplomacy for biodiversity?

4. Recommendations for the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy: Aligning its objectives with those of Green Multilateralism

5. Final remarks

List of references

Chapter 4: The Role of the EU in the Promotion of Sustainable Development through Multilateral Trade

Xavier Fernández Pons, University of Barcelona

1. Introductory remarks

2. The EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) and its special incentive

arrangement for sustainable development and good governance (GSP+)

3. The inclusion of a chapter on sustainable development in the new regional trade agreements (RTAs) concluded by the EU with third countries

4. The EU and sustainable public procurement

5. The recent reform of the EU regulation of anti-dumping measures and the issue of so-called social and ecological dumping

6. EU’s trade measures related to carbon footprint

7. Final remarks

List of references

Chapter 5: The EU’s Global Leadership in the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

Xavier Pons Rafols, University of Barcelona

1. Introductory remarks.

2. The global phenomenon of IUU fishing.

3. International legal concept of IUU fishing.

4. Basis and scope of the EU regulations on IUU fishing.

5. Core content of the EU regulations on IUU fishing.

6. The international effect of EU action: establishment of a list of non-cooperating third countries.

7. The multilateral influence of EU action: The Port State Measures Agreement and other international legal and institutional frameworks to combat IUU fishing.

8. Final remarks

List of references

Chapter 6: The International Dimension of the EU on Access to Justice in Environmental Matters

Alex Peñalver i Cabré, University of Barcelona

1. Introductory remarks

2. The role of the EU in strengthening access to justice in environmental matters

under International Law

3. The EU’s inadequate implementation of the Aarhus Convention on access to justice in environmental matters

4. The Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee case ACCC/C/2008/32 and the shortcomings in access to justice in environmental matters at EU level

5. EU response to the Meeting of the Parties of Aarhus Convention in case

ACCC/C/2008/32

6. Final remarks

List of references

Chapter 7: Environmental Refugees: Reshaping the Borders of Migration in the EU

Susana Borràs Pentinat, Rovira i Virgili University

1.- Introductory remarks

2.- People moving in the context of environmental change

3.- Environmental refugees: the forgotten migrants in the EU migration policy

4.- Towards the recognition of the environmental refugees at the EU level?

5.- Mind the gap: defending and protecting environmental refugees at the EU level

6. Final remarks

List of references

Chapter 8: Environmental Crime: Assessing and Enhancing EU Compliance with International Environmental Law

Maria Marques Banque, Rovira i Virgili University

1. Introductory remarks.

2. Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), EU Law and criminal

sanctions.

3. The Directive 2008/99/EC on the protection of the environment through criminal law

4. The protection of the environment through criminallLaw in the EU beyond the Directives 2008/99/EC and 2009/123/EC.

5. A proposal to enable the EU to reinforce its position within the international environmental regime.

6. Final remarks

List of references

Chapter 9: Mainstreaming Sustainable Development Goals into EU Policies

Mar Aguilera Vaqués, University of Barcelona

1.- Introductory remarks

2.- From the concept of sustainable development to Sustainable Development Goals

3. Sustainable Development Goals as an EU political effort

4. The EU as a global trailblazer in sustainable development

5. From mainstreaming Sustainable Development Goals to the 2019 European Green Deal.

6. Final remarks

List of references

Chapter 10: Environmental Justice in EU Law and Policies: A Fundamental Challenge

Jordi Jaria Manzano, Rovira i Virgili University

1.- Introductory remarks

2.- Environmental justice vs sustainable development: conceptual considerations about the interpretation of the global environmental crisis

3.- Environmental justice and fundamental EU values

4.- EU law, EU policies and environmental justice: vulnerability, conflicts and change

5.- Final Remarks

List of references

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Editor(s)

Biography

Mar Campins Eritja is Full Professor of Public International Law at the University of Barcelona. Her main areas of teaching and research are EU law and European and international environmental law. She leads and participates in various competitive research projects and has published extensively in these areas. She is currently the holder of the Jean Monnet Chair on EU Environmental Law at the University of Barcelona and the co-lead researcher of a project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science. She has been a Fulbright Scholar at the American University Washington College of Law and a visiting professor at the Universities of Ottawa and Montreal, Dalhousie University, Nova Southeastern University, the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Lapland, in Rovaniemi, Finland. She serves on the board of directors of the UB Water Research Institute, and is a member of the Tarragona Centre for Environmental Law Studies at Rovira i Virgili University, and the Spanish Observatory of Environmental Policies. She is a member of the editorial board of Revista Catalana de Dret Ambiental since 2009 and Revista Catalana de Dret Públic (2012-2016). Her roles in the University of Barcelona include vice-dean at the Faculty of Law (2002-2005 and since 2016) and Vice-Rector and Deputy Vice-Rector for International Policy (2005-2008), and she currently sits on the Advisory Board of the University of Barcelona.

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