Much of international environmental law addresses common interest problems—that is, problems that are of concern to the international community as a whole (see Chapter 23 ‘Common Areas, Common Heritage, and Common Concern’). Addressing such problems requires cooperative action, common rules and standards, and continuous decision-making among relevant actors. In the course of engaging in these activities, a framework of global environmental governance has emerged in which international institutions play important roles. Moreover, within this framework, under the...
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