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The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development: A Commentary

Edited by Jorge E. Viñuales


The international community has long grappled with the issue of protecting the environment while encouraging social and economic development, often with limited results. The 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development was an emphatic attempt to address this issue, setting down twenty-seven key principles for the international community to follow. This book provides the first comprehensive examination of these principles and their subsequent implementation. It investigates (i) the origins and rationale of these principles, (ii) the main insights arising from the travaux préparatoires , and (iii) their scopes and dimensions, clarifying the legal effects of each principle, particularly as regards its normative impact on subsequent treaties and soft law instruments as well as its jurisprudential relevance. Each chapter concludes with an assessment of the outlook for each principle within the broader context of global environmental governance.

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Jorge E. Viñuales, editor

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