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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Environment, International Protection

Ulrich Beyerlin†, Jenny Grote Stoutenburg

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 May 2024

Sustainable development — Economic sanctions — Regional co-operation — Natural resources — Endangered species — Climate change — Environmental disputes — Pollution

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 ‘[T]he environment is not an abstraction but represents the living space, the quality of life and the very health of human beings, including generations unborn.’ This statement, made by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Nuclear Weapons Advisory Opinions (Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons [Advisory Opinion] [1996] ICJ Rep 226, 241), succinctly captures the paramount importance that an intact environment, ie the integrity of air, climate, water, soil, flora, fauna, and natural ecosystems, has for the well-being of the human species....
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