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The Development of International Environmental Law

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The Stockholm Declaration on the Human Environment begins with a preamble describing the scientific and economic bases for concern with the environment. Protecting the environment is viewed as a major issue for economic development. The principles contained in the second part of the Declaration translate the preambular concepts into normative statements and concrete bases for action, while reflecting the various political preoccupations of the meeting's participants. Principle 23 recommends that states further develop international environmental law, taking into consideration the system of values prevailing in each country, in particular in developing countries. A few principles of customary law concerning environmental relations among states emerged during the period following the Stockholm Conference, building on Principle 21. The importance of controlling substances harmful to the environment necessitates an active role for states engaged in international trade.

Keywords: international environmental law; international trade; Stockholm Declaration on the Human Environment



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