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date: 17 February 2020

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This chapter examines the transnational and networked aspects of contemporary environmental law and governance. It first explains why there is a need for a deeper and stronger engagement with the transboundary nature of environmental law before discussing the rise of transnational networks as sources of environmental law and governance, along with the reasons for their proliferation and the possibility that they will persist in the coming decades. The chapter then introduces a mapping approach that may facilitate the inclusion of transnational networks in comparative analyses. The proposed methodology organizes the field into five cohorts of transnational networks: public/public networks; public/private networks; private/public networks; private/private networks; and hybrid networks. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the impact of engaging with transnational networks on the practice of comparative environmental law, along with the challenges and opportunities that such networks present for comparative studies.

Keywords: comparative environmental law, environmental regulation, transnational governance, networks, multilevel governance

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