Featured Publication, December 2019

International Law

LYSTER’S INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE LAW, Michael Bowman, Peter Davies and Catherine Redgwell (2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Overview

The second edition of Lyster’s International Wildlife Law is a must have reference book for wildlife law practitioners and scholars.  This book is an important source of information on international wildlife law regimes.  The book examines a range of international instruments touching on wildlife and biodiversity.  These include: the Convention on Biological Diversity; the Convention to Combat Desertification; the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna; and the Climate Change Convention.

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Contents of the Book

The book is Divided into Seven Parts.  Part I is on Foundations of International Wildlife Law.  This part introduces the readers to the historical evolution of wildlife law and the international legal system on wildlife.  It then delves further into philosophical foundations of wildlife law and its implementation and enforcement. Part II of the book build on this by examining how the international legal regime regulates various species.  The species considered in the book include fish, cetaceans and Birds.

Part III of the book focuses on regulation and specifically narrows down to regional wildlife regulation.  It delves further into regional mechanisms in place to protect wildlife.  Some of the specific mechanisms discussed are: the Convention on Nature Protection and Wildlife Preservation in the Western Hemisphere; the African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources; the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats; and the Antarctic Treaty System.

Part IV of the book expands the view on regulation and looks at global regulatory mechanisms.  Some of the global regulatory regimes it examines are: the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; the World Heritage Convention; the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna; and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species.

Part V looks at a new perspective on wildlife regulation with a focus on biological diversity.  It discusses various international legal regimes including: the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Biosafety Protocol.  It also looks at significant but vulnerable biodiversity ecosystems such as deserts, forests and mountains.

Part VI of the book examines cross-sectoral issues in wildlife regulation.  These include trade, welfare and pollution and their impacts on wildlife.  The final Part VII gives a conclusion of the book and final reflections of the authors on international wildlife law.

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About the Authors

Michael Bowman is Associate Professor at the School of Law, University of Nottingham.  His principal teaching and research interests lie in public international law, particularly environmental and treaty law.  Peter Davies is Associate Professor at the School of Law, University of Nottingham.  His main teaching and research interests lie mainly in international environmental law and European Union environmental law.  Catherine Redgwell is Professor of International Law at University College London.  Her principal teaching and research interests lie specifically in environmental and energy law.

You can read a preview of the book here.

 

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