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The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law edited by Bodansky, Daniel; Brunnée, Jutta; Hey, Ellen (7th August 2008)

Part IV Normative Development, Ch.19 Formation of Customary International Law and General Principles

Pierre-Marie Dupuy

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law

Edited By: Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, Ellen Hey

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 November 2019

Subject(s):
Biodiversity — Customary international law — General principles of international law — Soft law — Opinio juris — Lex specialis — Exclusive economic zone
There exist a growing number of treaties dealing with many, if not all, aspects of the human environment (see Chapter 20 ‘Treaty Making and Treaty Evolution’). A good number of these agreements are currently in force. Over the last four decades, such instruments have combined to create a dense network of conventional obligations; nonetheless, the place and role of customary international law remains of great importance in practice for several reasons. 1 First, although they may be in force, many treaties remain for the most part unimplemented, or at best only...
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