Daniel Bodansky


On his book The Art and Craft of International Environmental Law

Cover Interview of April 19, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“How international environmental law works—and sometimes doesn’t work.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Students and scholars of international law fall along a spectrum, from true believers at one end to complete cynics at the other.  My book seeks to chart a middle course.”

On the second:

“International environmental law aims to find not the optimal outcome, but rather the skillful compromise that bridges the gap between competing positions and advances the ball, even if only a little.  This view of international environmental law is admittedly more prosaic than heroic.  It counsels us to resist the tempting oversimplification.  It accepts that international environmental law, like politics, is the art of the possible.”