Ambition, Complexity, and Legitimacy of Pursuing Mutual Supportiveness through the EU's External Environmental Action

Elisa Morgera

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the EU's external action in pursuing holistic environmental protection outside its borders. The first section focuses on the goal of the EU's external environmental action to support environmental multilateralism and contribute to shaping a holistic approach in international environmental law. The second section considers the plethora of external relations tools used by the EU to achieve its global environmental objectives. The third section assesses the legitimacy of EU external environmental action against the international environmental principle of common but differentiated responsibility, taking recent EU initiatives on sustainable forest management and biofuels as case studies. The concluding section identifies the diversity of approaches currently deployed by the EU and the most promising characteristics to ensure that EU external environmental action fully respects EU and international law.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe EU's Role in Global Governance
Subtitle of host publicationThe Legal Dimension
EditorsBart Van Vooren, Steven Blockmans, Jan Wouters
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages194-208
ISBN (Print)9780199659654
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • European Union
  • environmental protection
  • environmental law
  • international law
  • external policy
  • environmental multilateralism

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  • University of Eastern Finland

    Elisa Morgera (Member)

    2015 → …

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

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