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Part IV Normative Development, Ch.20 Treaty-Making and Treaty Evolution

Thomas Gehring

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

Edited By: Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, Ellen Hey

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Sustainable development — Pollution — Treaties, entry into force — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) — Customary international law — General principles of international law
International environmental law develops predominantly through the establishment and evolution of highly dynamic environmental treaty systems. Such treaty systems are issue-specific institutional structures that are purposively established, and maintained, by their member states to govern specific areas of international environmental relations. Typically, they address collective action problems with a strong transnational, in some cases even a global, dimension. Problems of this kind cannot be addressed successfully at the domestic level, either because they have...
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