The Antarctic Environment And International Law

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The Antarctic is symbolic of the wider challenge facing the progressive development of the international legal order. How can the law ensure a balance between economic growth (and the attendant exploitation of natural resources) and environmental protection (requiring the wise and sustainable use of limited natural resources)? The contribution of science, of new institutional structures and of the non-governmental sector towards effective law-making, administrative and enforcement processes present a major ...

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Overview

The Antarctic is symbolic of the wider challenge facing the progressive development of the international legal order. How can the law ensure a balance between economic growth (and the attendant exploitation of natural resources) and environmental protection (requiring the wise and sustainable use of limited natural resources)? The contribution of science, of new institutional structures and of the non-governmental sector towards effective law-making, administrative and enforcement processes present a major challenge. This volume, inspired by a major symposium held in Brussels in October 1990, crystallizes the response of leading representatives of the legal, governmental, scientific and political communities, and represents a significant new contribution to legal thought and practice, at a time when the international community has recognized the inadequacies of the international rules relating to the protection of natural resources and the environment.

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The proceedings of a symposium in Brussels, October 1990, in which representatives of the legal, government, scientific, and political communities discuss what can be done to strengthen the clearly inadequate international agreements on economic development and environmental protection in Antarctica. Among the 23 contributions are discussions of the existing treaty system, mineral resources, fauna, the marine ecosystem, the 1988 Wellington Convention, proposals for an international park, the relevance of the law of the sea, and the perspectives of Belgium, France, the European Community, and Greenpeace. Includes the entire text of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (1991). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Contributors
Abbreviations
1 Welcome 1
2 Introduction: The Antarctic: A Challenge to Global Environmental Policy 5
3 General Introduction 11
4 The Antarctic Treaty System in Crisis 21
5 The Exploitation of Antarctic Mineral Resources: Risks and Stakes 27
6 The Antarctic Fauna: The Threats and their Control 33
7 The Functioning of the Antarctic Marine Ecosystem: A Fragile Equilibrium 39
8 The Antarctic Treaty Regime: A Model for International Environmental Law? 53
9 How Much Environmental Protection in the 1988 Wellington Convention? 63
10 The 1988 Wellington Convention: How Much Environmental Protection? 69
11 A Belgian Political Viewpoint 85
12 The Antarctic: Common Heritage of Mankind? 89
13 Antarctica: Common Heritage of Mankind? 93
14 New Proposal: The Natural Park 97
15 The Antarctic Park: The Issue of Environmental Protection 103
16 Environmental Protection: An Antarctic Comparison 109
17 The Maritime Area of the Antarctic and the New Law of the Sea 121
18 The European Community and Antarctica: Competences of an Extra-Territorial Nature 139
19 Greenpeace 155
20 A French Political Viewpoint 157
21 A Proposal 165
22 Closing Address 171
23 Epilogue 175
Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty 189
Annex I 202
Annex II 205
Annex III 209
Annex IV 214
Final Act 218
Annex V 220
Index 227
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