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Part IV The Content of International Responsibility, Ch.56 The ‘Polluter Pays’ Principle

Régis Chemain

From: The Law of International Responsibility

Edited By: James Crawford, Alain Pellet, Simon Olleson, Kate Parlett

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 May 2024

Responsibility of individuals — Responsibility of states — Reparations — Precautionary principle
‘Nous n’héritons pas la terre de nos ancêtre mais l’empruntons à nos enfants’. A. Saint Exupery Humankind has become conscious of the finite character of the world in which we live. Globalization has broadened our horizons, whilst also revealing inexorable limitations, and, curiously, narrowing our temporal view. Focusing on the short and medium term, we scarcely pause to consider the long-term effects of our actions on the planet. Human activity continues to cause increasing damage to the environment, yet the discourse of States in favour of better environmental...
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