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Günther Handl

The Edward Deutsch Chair in Public International Law
Drjur, 1968, Dipl Dolm, 1969, University of Graz (Austria); LLB, 1973, Cambridge University; JSD, 1978, Yale University 

E-mail:  ghandl@tulane.edu
Telephone:  504.862,8825
Office:  Weinmann Hall, Room 355-F


Günther Handl is recognized across the world for his expertise in international law and has taught at law schools in Canada, Europe and Japan as well as in several U.S. locations.

His teaching and research interests include public international law, international environmental law and law of the sea. He has published extensively in U.S. and European journals.

Handl joined the Tulane law faculty in January 1996. He has served as a consultant to various international organizations and governmental agencies, including the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank. He was a special adviser in the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Legal Adviser’s Office in 1998. In 2012, he taught at The Hague Academy of International Law Seminar for Advanced Studies in Public and Private International Law for Practitioners and, in 2013, in the United Nations Regional Course in International Law program in Addis Ababa.

He received the 1997 Elisabeth Haub Prize for exceptional accomplishments in international environmental law and is the founder and former Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook of International Environmental Law. 
Professor Handl's CV 

Fall 2015 -  
Spring 2016 - Environmental Law: International; Law of the Sea 


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Responsibilities and Obligations of States Sponsoring Persons and Entities with Respect to Activities in the Area:  The International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea’s Recent Contribution to International Environmental Law,” 20 Review of European and International Environmental Law ___ (2011).

“International Legal Implications and Responses to the Deepwater Horizon/Macondo Oil Spill,” in “International Law and the Liability for Catastrophic Environmental Damage,” [2011] Proceedings, American Society of International Law ___.

“The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime: Towards Acceleration or Reversal of its Declining Effectiveness?”  19 Tulane J. Int’l & Comp. L.  1 (2010)

In Re South African Apartheid Litigation and Beyond: Corporate Liability for Aiding and Abetting under the Alien Tort Statute,” 53 German Yearbook of International Law 435 (2010); also posted at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1677638.

"Transboundary Impacts," in D. Bodansky, J. Brunnée & E. Hey, eds., Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law 531 (Oxford University Press, 2007).
"International Accountability for Transboundary Environmental Harm Revisited: What Role for State Liability?" 37 Environmental Policy and Law 116 (2007) Nos. 1/2.
Guidelines for the Development of National Legislation on Liability and Compensation for Environmental Damage, with M. Fitzmaurice (UNEP 2007)
"Trail Smelter in Contemporary International Environmental Law:  Application to Nuclear Energy," in R. Bratspies & R. Miller, eds., Transboundary Harm in International Law: Lessons from the Trail Smelter Arbitration 143 (Cambridge University Press, 2006)
"International 'Lawmaking' by Conferences of the Parties and Other Politically Mandated Bodies," in R. Wolfrum & V. Röben, eds., Developments of International Law in Treaty Making 127 (2005).
"The IAEA Nuclear Safety Conventions: An Example of Successful 'Treaty Management'?" 72 Nuclear Law Bulletin 7 (December 2003).
"Indigenous Peoples' Subsistence Lifestyle as an Environmental Valuation Problem," in M.J. Bowman & A. Boyle, eds., Environmental Damage in International and Comparative Law 85 (Oxford University Press, 2002).
Human Rights and Environmental Protection, in ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS: A TEXTBOOK 303 (A. Eide, C. Krause & A. Rosas eds., Martinus Nijhoff 2d ed.) (2001)
The Legal Mandate of Multilateral Development Banks as Agents for Change Toward Sustainable Development, 92 AM. J. OF INT'L L. 642 (1998); reprinted in LIABILITY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE AND THE WORLD BANK'S CHAD CAMEROON OIL PIPELINE PROJECT 62 (S.A. Bronkhorst ed.) (2000)
The Pinochet Case, Foreign State Immunity and the Changing Constitution of the International Community, in DEVELOPMENT AND DEVELOPING OF INTERNATIONAL AND EUROPEAN LAW, ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF PROFESSOR KONRAD GINTHER ON THE OCCASION OF HIS 65TH BIRTHDAY 59 (W. Benedek ed.) (1999)
The Present State of International Environmental Law: Some Cautionary Observations, 29 ENVTL POL'Y & L. 28 (1998)
Regional Arrangements Having Effects on Third State Vessels: Is the Pacta Tertiis Principle Being Modified?, in COMPETING NORMS IN THE LAW OF MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (Henrik Ringbom ed., Kluwer International) (1997)
Compliance Control Mechanisms and International Environmental Obligations, 5 TUL. J. INT'L & COMP. L. 29 (1997)
Monitoring Implementation of, and Compliance with, the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes and Their Disposal, Report for the Secretariat of the Basel Convention on Transboundary Movements of Wastes, Doc. UNEP/SBC, 1995
Sustainable Development: General Rules versus Specific Obligations, in SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONAL LAW 35 (W. Lang ed.) (1995)
Controlling Implementation of and Compliance with International Environmental Law: The Rocky Road from Rio, 5 COLO. J. INT'L ENVTL. L. & POL'Y 305 (1994)
Towards A Comprehensive System of Compensation of Transboundary Nuclear Damage: Reflexions on the Relationship of Civil Liability and States' International Liability, in NUCLEAR ACCIDENTS: LIABILITIES AND GUARANTEES, PROCEEDINGS OF THE NEA/OECD SYMPOSIUM, Helsinki, 31 August-3 September 1992, 497
Human Rights and Protection of the Environment: A Mildly Revisionist View, in HUMAN RIGHTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION 117 (A. Cançado Trindade ed.) (1992)
The International Law Commission's Draft Articles on the Law of International Watercourses (General Principles and Planned Measures): Progressive or Retrogressive Develoment of International Law?, 3 COLO. J. INT=L ENVTL. L. & POL'Y 123 (1992)
Remarks:"The Concept of "Sustainable Development" and the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development", in CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL LAW ISSUES: SHARING PAN-EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES, PROCEEDINGS OF THE JOINT ASIL/NVIR SYMPOSIUM, July 4-6, 1991, 39 (1992)
Das völkerrechtliche Gebot der Gleichbehandlung von Auslandsbewohnern im Atomenergierecht, in DEUTSCHES ATOMENERGIERECHT IM INTERNATIONALEN RAHMEN 55 (N. Pelzer ed.) (1992)
Paying the Piper for Transboundary Nuclear Damage: State Liability in a System of Transnational Compensation, in INTERNATIONAL LAW AND POLLUTION 150 ( D. Magraw, ed.) (1991)
Environmental Security and Global Change: The Challenge to International Law, 1 Y.B. INT'L ENVTL. L. 3; published also in ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND INTERNATIONAL LAW 59 (W. Lang, H. Neuhold & K. Zemanek eds., 1991)
Economic Arguments for Certain Accident Compensation Schemes, OECD Doc. ENV/ECO/90.12 (1990)
Northwest Passage (Canada-United States) Dispute (with Carolyn Cary), in 12 ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW 264 (R. Bernhardt ed.) (1990)
International Measures to Protect the Global Atmosphere: A Case of Too Little, Too Late?, 1 EUR. J. INT'L L. 250 (1990)
International Law and Protection of the Atmosphere, [1989] PROC. AM. SOC'Y INT'L L. 62; reprinted in 71 ECONOMIC IMPACT 36, 1990/2; published also as La Ley y la Proteccíon de la Atmósfera, in 71 PERSPECTIVAS ECONÓMICAS 36 (1990)
Internationalization of Hazard Management in Recipient Countries: Accident Preparedness and Response, in TRANSFERRING HAZARDOUS TECHNOLOGY AND SUBSTANCES: THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL CHALLENGE 106 (G. Handl & R.Lutz, eds.) (1989)
The Transboundary Trade in Hazardous Technologies and Substances from a Policy Perspective (with Robert Lutz), in TRANSFERRING HAZARDOUS TECHNOLOGY AND SUBSTANCES: THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL CHALLENGE 40 (G.Handl & R. Lutz, eds.); also published in 30 HARV. J. INT'L L. 351 (1989)
The 1989 Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste: A Preliminary Assessment, [1989] PROC. CAN. COUNCIL INT'L L. 367 (1989)
“Soft Law” and the International Legal Order: Some Preliminary Observations [1988] PROC. AM. SOC=Y INT=L L. 371 (1988)
Environmental Protection and Development in Third World Countries: Common Destiny - Common Responsibility, 20 N.Y.U. J. INT'L L. & POL. 603 (1988)
Grenzüberschreitende Auswirkungen von Kernkraftanlagen und Völkerrecht (with Bruno Simma), 39 ÖSTERREICHISCHE ZEITSCHRIFT FÜR ÖFFENTLICHES RECHT UND VÖLKERRECHT 1 (1988)
Après Tchernobyl: Quelques réflexions sur le programme législatif multilatéral à l'ordre du jour, 2 REVUE GÉNERAL DE DROIT INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC 5; also published as Transboundary Nuclear Accidents: The Post-Chernobyl Multilateral Legislative Agenda, 15 ECOLOGY L. Q. 203 (1988)
International Responsibility for Man-Made Disasters, [1987] PROC. AM. SOC'Y INT'L L. 330 (1987)
Acid Rain in United States-Canadian Relations: The Politics of Procrastination and International Law, [1987] PROC. CAN. COUNCIL INT'L L. 131 (1987)
National Uses of Transboundary Air Resources: The Entitlement Issue Reconsidered, 26 NAT. RESOURCES J. 405 (1986)
Transboundary Air Resources in North America: Prospects for a Comprehensive Management Regime, in TRANSBOUNDARY AIR POLLUTION: INTERNATIONAL LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE COOPERATION OF STATES 63 (C. Flinterman, B. Kwiatkowska, J. Lammers eds.) (1986)
Liability as an Obligation Established by a Primary Rule of International Law: Some Basic Reflections on the International Law Commission's Work, 16 NETHERLANDS Y.B. INT'L L. 49 (1985)
Some International Legal Implications of the Transfer of Hazardous Technology, [1985] PROC. AM. SOC'Y INT'L L. 318 (1985)
Der österreichisch-tschechoslowakische Vertrag über grenznahe Kernanlagen im Lichte des völkerrechtlichen Nachbarrechts (with Bruno Simma), 40 JURISTISCHE BLÄTTER 174 (1985)
Problems of the Durability of Institutional Controls (advisory report), published in shortened and modified form in OECD, NUCLEAR ENERGY AGENCY, LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE: LEGAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND FINANCIAL ASPECTS 35 (1984)
The Struggle for the Internationally Shared Environment: The United States Abdicates its Leadership Role, [1983] PROC. AM. SOC'Y INT'L L. 418 (1983)
American-Canadian Boundary Disputes and Co-operation, 6 ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW 1 (R. Bernhardt ed.) (1983)
International Liability of States for Marine Pollution, 21 CAN. Y.B. INT'L L. 85; also published as Responsabilità internazionale dello stato per inquinamento marino, in DIRITTO INTERNAZIONALE E PROTEZIONE DELL'AMBIENTE MARINO 137 (V. Starace ed., 1983)
Gut Dam Claims, 2 ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW ___ (R. Bernhardt ed., 1981); reissued in II ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW 653 (R. Bernhardt ed., 1992)
Managing Nuclear Wastes: The International Connection, 21 NAT. RESOURCES J. 267 (1981)
The Environment: International Rights and Duties, [1980] PROC. AM. SOC'Y INT'L L. 223 (1980)
International Liability of States for Private Activities Causing Transnational Environmental Injury, 74 AM. J. INT'L L. 525 (1980)
The Case for Mexican Liability for Transnational Pollution Damage from the IXTOC I Oilspill, 2 HOUS. J. INT'L L. 229 (1979)
Hazardous Economic Activities in Frontier Areas, OECD Doc. ENV/TFP/78.14 (1978)
An International Legal Perspective on Abnormally Dangerous Activities in Frontier Areas: The Case of Nuclear Power Plant Siting, 7 ECOLOGY L.Q. 1 (1978)
Balancing of Interests and Liability for the Pollution of International Watercourses: Customary Principles of Law Revisited, 13 CANADIAN Y.B. INT'L L. 156; published also as Interessenausgleich und völkerrechtliche Haftung für die Verunreinigung internationaler Wasserläufe, in WERTUNG UND INTERESSENAUSGLEICH IM RECHT, FESTGABE WALTER WILBURG 225 (W. Posch ed., 1975)
Territorial Sovereignty and the Problem of Transnational Pollution, 69 AM. J. INT'L L. 50 (1975)
Zur Frage der Vereinbarkeit von Rüstungsbeschränkung und dauernder Neutralität, 9 ÖSTERREICHISCHE ZEITSCHRIFT F. AUSSENPOLITIK 211 (1969)
Contributions to INTERNATIONAL LAW REPORTS, vol. 47
The Principle of "Equitable Use" as Applied to Internationally Shared Natural Resources: Its Role in Resolving Potential International Disputes over Tranfrontier Pollution, 14 REVUE BELGE DE DROIT INTERNATIONAL 40 (1978-79); also published in OECD, TRANSFRONTIER POLLUTION AND THE ROLE OF STATES 98 (1981)
Nuclear Waste Disposal: International Cooperation and Regulation, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW (R. Bernhardt ed.)

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