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The international community is currently facing a number of increasing global environmental challenges that need strong and innovative legal responses. International Environmental Law is a relatively new subject in most law degrees and postgraduate programmes are flourishing in this field. However, especially in the Spanish speaking academic field, there is a lack of comprehensive high-level academic books on International Environmental Law. This project aims to fill this gap with a book in Spanish that may be used by universities and research centres that have, or are planning to develop, Environmental Law postgraduate programmes, which include an international dimension to their curricula. The book is divided into three parts: a general, a specific and a transversal part that will allow the reader to have a comprehensive overview of international environmental law. While in the general part we will deal with the foundations of this discipline historical evolution, legal sources, its implementation and global environmental governance-, the specific part will have different chapters for key environmental regimes. Finally, the last part of the book will deal with a number of topics that are particularly relevant for environmental protection at a global level. The contributors to this project are aware that, despite the global nature of most environmental problems, there are also some geo-political characteristics that must be taken into account when attempting to deal with international environmental law. The book deals with International Environmental Law but within a IberoAmerican context. In order to pursue this approach the chapters will refer to examples arising from the Spanish and Latin American experience, where possible, and in the third part of the book, two chapters are included on specific environmental problems that are particular to Latin America.
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Rosa M. Fernandez Egea is Doctor in Law by the Universidad AutÃƒÂ³noma de Madrid (2007) with her Thesis on Libre circulaciÃƒÂ³n de mercancÃƒÂas y protecciÃƒÂ³n del medio ambiente en la OMC (published by Marcial Pons, 2008) and Master in European Community Law by the same University (1999). She has been a research fellow in various foreign centres: Hamburg University, WTO Headquarters in Geneva and the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations, Hague Academy of International Law (The Hague, 2008). Currently she is Lecturer of Public International Law in the Universidad AutÃƒÂ³noma de Madrid. She is author of various articles dealing with the relationship between international trade and environmental protection, she is responsible of the Chronicle on International Environmental Law published in the Revista ElectrÃƒÂ³nica de Derecho Internacional and co-author of the Report on the WTO Jurisprudence published in the Anuario Euro-Peruano de Derecho del Comercio. Francesco Sindico has an undergraduate degree in Law from the University of Turin, Italy (2001) and an LLM in International Law and International Relations from the Autonoma University in Madrid (2003). He is currently a Lecturer at the School of Law of the University of Surrey where he is also Deputy Director of the Environmental Regulatory Research Group and Director of the Surrey Centre on Transboundary Aquifers Governance (ScTAG). Previously he worked as research fellow at the Universitat Jaume I in CastellÃƒÂ³n de la Plana, Spain (2004-2007), and he has been a research fellow at the Institute of Environmental Studies of the Vrije Univetrsiteit in Amsterdam, at the Faculty of Law of the University College London and of the University of Geneva. He has also participated in the 2008 Centre de Recherche of The Hague Academy of International Law and International Relations on the Implementation of Environmental Law. Francesco has been the Secretary of the Bancaja Euromediterranean Courses of International Law (2005-2007) and he currently serves as Associate Editor of the CCLR. Susana Borras Pentinat is a lecturer of Public international law and International Relations in the Department of Public International Law and International Relations in the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona-Spain). She has a LL.M. in Environmental Law in 2004 and a PhD degree on environmental law in 2007. She is a researcher in the Research Group on environmental Law, Immigration and Local Government of the Center of Environmental Law Studies at Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Currently, she coordinates the Master degree Programm on Environmental Law at Universitat Rovira i Virgili. She has been research fellow at Committee on Challenges of Modern Society (NATO/CCMS) in Belgium researching on several environmental law issues and visiting researcher at Max Planck Institut fÃƒÂ¼r auslaendisches oeffentliches Recht und Voelkerrecht, Heidelberg (Germany), at the Center of International Environmental Law (CIEL) in Washington (EUA) and at the Centre de Recherche of The Hague Academy of International Law and International Relations on the Implementation of Environmental Law. Her research, conferences and publications have been focus on the access and benefits sharing derived from the utilization of the genetic resources, the bioprospection, the environmental refugees, the climate change, human rights and environment, the register, evaluation and the authorization of substances and prepared chemists (REACH) and the participation of the local entities in the European Union.
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