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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]


Michael Bothe

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 April 2021

International environmental law — Treaties, application

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 Compliance with international obligations means a behaviour or a situation which is in conformity with the international obligations of a subject of international law (Subjects of International Law). The problem of how to ensure compliance has to be faced by any legal order. International law is a decentralized legal order and, thus, does not dispose of those enforcement mechanisms which are considered to be typical for national law enforcement: law enforcement through a system of courts and police. Some authors take this as basis for the argument that...
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