In Part I, I begin my discussion of the relationship between the two legal regimes with a brief introduction to modern international environmental law to assist those whose knowledge is as limited as mine was not too long ago. I also describe how the Allen Chair Symposium and seminar series was designed to facilitate exploration of major trends in international environmental law. Part II provides a more in-depth look at the specific relationship between domestic and international environmental law. I conclude that international environmental law informs domestic law as a wellspring of law leading to domestic innovation, a complement to domestic law, a source of hortatory experience, and a laboratory for experiential insights. From time to time, I refer to the specific challenges of domestic ''brownfields" laws and policies, a subject which I have addressed in detail elsewhere.
Joel B. Eisen, From Stockholm to Kyoto and Back to the United States: International Environmental Law's Effect on Domestic Law, 32 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1435 (1999).