Since the early 1990s, international rules and institutions related to international environmental law (IEL) have multiplied at an exponential rate. International environmental agreements have increased in number and rates of participation. Yet, there is little evidence that this escalation of law-making activity has had a proportional impact on the behaviour of states and other international actors. Environmental problems continue to grow more acute, and the challenge of establishing effective international responses to issues such as biodiversity and global...
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