European Environmental Law Series
As mentioned by Michael I. Jeffery, Q.C, in his book review of Patricia Birnie’s book International Law & the Environment (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), “in the last three to five years, public fixation with climate change has served as a catalyst for the remarkably rapid expansion in the literature associated with this relatively new discipline of law, which has only existed since the 1960s”.

Conscious of this development and more specifically the role of comparative environmental law in the development of an effective global environmental protection and management system, the European Environmental Law Series was created in 2009. Its aim is to produce a series of books, monographs and essays purporting to contribute, through research or reflection thereby taking place, to the creation of an International and European Environmental Law. Particular concern is given to the systematic study of the different aspects of national legal systems in the Member States of the European Union, in the European Union itself and worldwide, as well as of their evolution and their convergence.


No. 1

cover eels"Environmental Protection and Small Island States - Papers presented during the course of the Project NIREAS realised under the auspices of Hellenic Aid"

Following the international concern on the protection of Small Island Developing States - SIDS, the Euro¬pean Public Law Center - now European Public Law Organization, supported by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Af¬fairs and in collaboration with the University Consortium of Small Island States (Trinidad and Tobago), organised between 2006 and 2008 a series of Workshops on "Environmental Protection of Small Island States" in Mauritius, Trinidad and Tobago and the Fiji Islands with contributions from European legal scholars and scholars from SIDS (Project NIREAS).

In this first publication within the framework of the European Environmental Law Series, is published the outcome of this initiative, enriched by the contributions of experts from the Council of Europe's Bern Convention Secretariat, only hoping to open herewith the floor for a fruitful scientific discussion on a new global climate regime.