Comparative Law’s Contribution to National and International Environmental Law
This article investigates the scope, functions, and methods of comparative environmental law, emphasising its analytical and practical value for the development of national and international environmental law. It assesses comparative environmental law’s current status, systematises its aims and objectives, explores in depth and by means of examples its contribution to the development of international environmental treaties, customs, and general principles, and identifies central methodological steps for different types of comparative environmental law studies. In view of the severity of many environmental issues, the search for effective legal instruments should be as broad as possible, and the global reservoir of ideas and experiences must be comprehensible and accessible. Demand for comparative environmental studies continues to grow as its contribution towards this effort becomes ever more apparent.