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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Transboundary Cooperation between Local or Regional Authorities

Matthias Ruffert

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 30 July 2021

Subject(s):
Regional co-operation

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 Referring to the whole range of the history of public international law, the creation of transboundary cooperation between local or regional authorities is a relatively new development, if some precursors of minor importance for today’s questions are set aside. The factual background behind this form of transboundary cooperation is obvious: regulatory problems, whether in the economic, environmental, or security field, or in other areas, are not confined within national borders even if they are only of regional or local importance. Neither the effects of...
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