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Introduction

ByJason Rudall

This introductory chapter previews the content of the book by highlighting the various discrepancies in the outcomes of international courts and tribunals in recent litigation on compensation for environmental damage. The chapter goes on to illustrate the need for guidance around the calculation of environmental compensation, as well as methods that take account of a broader range of norms and interests at stake than those methods adopted by many courts and tribunals to date. It similarly identifies developing notions of environmental damage under international environmental law, and the need to clarify what is meant by environmental damage itself. Further still, the chapter considers the role that international courts and tribunals have played in developing international environmental law more generally.