The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development: A Commentary (Oxford Commentaries on International Law)

Editat de Jorge E. Viñuales
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The international community has long grappled with the issue of safeguarding the environment and encouraging sustainable development, often with little result. The 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development was an emphatic attempt to address this issue, setting down 27 key principles for the international community to follow. These principles define the rights of people to sustainable development, and the responsibilities of states to safeguard the commonenvironment. The Rio Declaration established that long term economic progress required a connection to environmental protection. It was designed as an authoritative and comprehensive statement of the principles of sustainable development law, an instrument to take stock of the past international anddomestic practice, a guide for the design of new multilateral environmental regimes, and as a reference for litigation. This commentary provides an authoritative and comprehensive overview of the principles of the Declaration, written by over thirty inter-disciplinary contributors, including both leading practitioners and academics. Each principle is analysed in light of its origins and rationale. The book investigates each principle's travaux préparatoires setting out the main points of controversy and the position of different countries or groups. It analyses the scope and dimensions of eachprinciple, providing an in-depth understanding of its legal effects, including whether it can be relied before a domestic or international court. It also assesses the impact of the principles on subsequent soft law and treaty development, as well as domestic and international jurisprudence. The authors demonstrate theways in which the principles interact with each other, and finally provide a detailed analysis of the shortcomings and future potential of each principle. This book will be of vital importance to practitioners, scholars, and students of international environomental law and sustainable development.
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ISBN-13: 9780199686773
ISBN-10: 0199686777
Pagini: 720
Dimensiuni: 176 x 254 x 42 mm
Greutate: 1.38 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Seria Oxford Commentaries on International Law

Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom


Unique among environmental treaties, the Rio Declaration was adopted by all member states within the United Nations as the result of the Rio Conference and, as pointed out in Pierre-Marie Dupuys contribution, the firstand until now the only conference that can be called.the Earth Summit. This factor alone should persuade all those interested in, or professionally involved in the complexities of environmental issues, that that this book is one of the most importantand authoritative contributions to environmental research and comment currently available. Certainly it should emerge as an essential acquisition for every environmental lawyers professional library.

Notă biografică

Jorge E. Viñuales is Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge.