Annual Survey of International & Comparative Law


This paper presents a general overview of German environmental law, its principles, and its implementation. It briefly touches on the cultural and historical contexts in which this field of law evolved, as well as on its underlying policy. Being located in the center of Europe, Germany is tied into several systems of international relationships - regional, European, and global - that have to be examined with regard to their impact on German environmental law. Within the scope of this paper, the complex system of the legal obligations produced by these international relationships and German environmental law itself, consisting as it does of an agglomeration of very specific laws, can be considered only with regard to their essential features.