It is our privilege, on behalf of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, to introduce this set of volumes comprising the Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law and to thank General Editor Michael Faure and the outstanding group of volume editors for their invaluable contribution and commitment to the project.
The decision to initiate development of this multi-volume Encyclopedia was taken by the Governing Board of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law in 2011 in response to a proposal from Ben Booth of Edward Elgar Publishing. It has been a pleasure for the Academy Secretariat to work with EEP and Professor Faure throughout the implementation process over the past several years. We must specifically acknowledge Ben Booth and Laura Mann of EEP for their diligent and systematic guidance at every stage.
The Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, a challenging and ambitious undertaking, has represented an important opportunity for the IUCN Academy in collaboration with a wider range of distinguished scholars and researchers to pursue its mission: environmental law is essential for the achievement of a sustainable world that values and conserves nature under the rule of law and justice.
Based on the quality and experience of the specialists whose commentaries and discussion are included in the set, we are confident that the Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law will serve as a valuable and respected source of reference for students, scholars, professionals, policy makers and other interested readers who will have occasion to consult its content.
Jamie Benidickson and Yves Le Bouthillier Executive Directors
IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Faculty of Law University of Ottawa