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Part I General Issues, Ch.2 The Evolution of International Environmental Law

Peter H. Sand

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law (1st Edition)

Edited By: Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, Ellen Hey

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From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 March 2023

Treaties, interpretation — Specific treaties — Sustainable development — Environmental disputes
Few legal disciplines have evolved as rapidly as international environmental law, which is variously described as a ‘special field’, a ‘new branch’, or an emergent ‘autonomous special area’ of international law. Although some would contest, or at least qualify, this claim to autonomy—mainly on the grounds that there is presently no overall systemic coherence, let alone authoritative codification, of the diverse international norms applicable (see Chapter 7 ‘Relationship between International Environmental Law and Other Branches of International Law’)—the debate is...
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