Books

My Forthcoming Casebook (Fall 2019): Comparative and Global Environmental Law and Policy (Wolters Kluwer)

Wolters Kluwer will be publishing my casebook “Comparative and Global Environmental Law and Policy” (co-authored with Anastasia Telesetsky, Lin Harmon-Walker, and Robert V. Percival) later this fall (expected around September/October 2019).  Here is a brief description:

Comparative and Global Environmental Law and Policy, First Edition

Tseming Yang, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, Former Deputy General Counsel for International Environmental Law, US Environmental Protection Agency

Anastasia Telesetsky, Professor of Law, College of Law, University of Idaho

Lin Harmon-Walker, Former Assistant Dean, Professor, and Director of the Environmental Law Program of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law of Pace University

Robert V. Percival, Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and Director, Environmental Law Program, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Over the past several decades, globalization has become central to the field of environmental law.  The most pressing contemporary environmental challenges are now transboundary and global in scope, with international environmental treaties and institutions dominating among the most visible solutions.  Even more important, however, has been the rapid spread and evolution of environmental law norms and policies in national systems across the world.  For example, these trends have led to the adoption of environmental impact assessment as a legal requirement by almost all countries, the rise of public interest litigation and green courts as key environmental governance mechanisms, and adoption of laws and regulatory mechanisms to address climate change and other environmental problems across the world.

Written by leading scholars and experts with extensive practice and teaching experience in the field, Comparative and Global Environmental Law and Policy offers a student-friendly approach to the study of a rapidly evolving and important area of law.  Its multi-jurisdictional selection of judicial opinions and legal materials introduces students to the worldwide reach of environmental law.  Through its substance, the book familiarizes students not only with governing and emerging legal principles but also demonstrates how legal norms are applied to specific issues and contexts, illustrating how law-on-the-books becomes law-in-action.  Student understanding is reinforced by problem exercises and discussion questions.