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Part VII Implementation and Enforcement, Ch.39 Compliance Theory Compliance, Effectiveness, and Behaviour Change in International Environmental Law

Ronald B. Mitchell

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: 22 October 2020

States have spent considerable time and resources negotiating over 1,500 bilateral and over 700 multilateral environmental agreements, and have been signing such agreements at rates averaging about 20 multilaterals and 30 bilaterals per year.1 Yet, after states negotiate such agreements, a central question becomes: ‘so what?’ Which of these international environmental laws have made a difference and how much of a difference and what type of difference have they made? International lawyers and legal scholars often assess the effects of international environmental...
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