Sustainable Development and International Law

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The results of the Rio Summit of 1992 brought a major conceptual breakthrough: environmental protection as a field of international co-operation expanded into "sustainable development" through the involvement of developing countries. This evolution has a major impact on international law as one of the prime means of co-operation between states. Scholars and practitioners are reviewing the directions into which the emerging order is moving: a stronger role for equity and justice, for compliance-control, for ...
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The results of the Rio Summit of 1992 brought a major conceptual breakthrough: environmental protection as a field of international co-operation expanded into "sustainable development" through the involvement of developing countries. This evolution has a major impact on international law as one of the prime means of co-operation between states. Scholars and practitioners are reviewing the directions into which the emerging order is moving: a stronger role for equity and justice, for compliance-control, for dispute-avoidance and capacity-building. Rule-making will only be successful if it includes all interested parties, and if it takes account of other important concerns such as international trade. This volume contains the revised and edited papers presented at a symposium held in Baden bei Wien in April 1994. The Austrian Government convened this meeting of prominent scholars and practitioners to contribute to the work of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Note
Foreword
Contributors
List of Abbreviations
1 Sustainable Development: The Contribution of International Law 3
2 The Rio Process: Marriage of Environment and Development 9
3 Environmental Equity: The Imperative for the Twenty-First Century 17
Comment on the Paper by Edith Brown Weiss 29
4 Sustainable Development: General Rules versus Specific Obligations 35
Comment on the Paper by Gunther Handl: The FCCC Experience 45
5 International Law in the Field of Sustainable Development: Emerging Legal Principles 53
Comment on the Paper by Philippe Sands 67
6 Active Compliance Management in Environmental Treaties 75
Comment on the Paper by Antonia Handler Chayes, Abram Chayes and Ronald Mitchell 91
7 The Development of Multilateral Mechanisms for Monitoring Compliance 97
Comment on the Paper by Patrick Szell 111
8 Management of Environmental Disputes: Avoidance versus Settlement 115
Comment on the Paper by Andronico Adede 125
9 Capacity-building in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development 131
Comment on the Paper by Diana Ponce-Nava 137
10 From Stockholm to Rio: the Institutionalization of Sustainable Development 143
Comment on the Paper by Alexandre Timoshenko 161
11 Trusts for the Earth: New International Financial Mechanisms for Sustainable Development 167
Comment on the Paper by Peter Sand 185
12 Corporate Strategies toward Sustainability 189
Comment on the Paper by Nazli Choucri 203
13 The Role of NGOs 207
Comment on the Paper by Wolfgang Burhenne 213
14 Trade and Environment: The Case for and against Unilateral Actions 223
Comment on the Paper by Robert Reinstein 233
15 Trade and Environment: The PPMs Debate 239
Comment on the Paper by Candice Stevens 249
16 Regional Perspectives on Trade and Environment: The European Union 253
Comment on the Paper by Joachim Scherer 267
17 From Environmental Protection to Sustainable Development: Challenges for International Law 275
Appendix: Report of the International Symposium on "Sustainable Development and International Law", Baden bei Wien, 14-16 April 1994 291
Index 307
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