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Multilateral Environmental Agreements

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International environmental treaties are characterized by the degree to which states parties must regulate the behavior of non-state actors that are the source of most harm to the environment. The field of international environmental law has developed some innovative features that contrast with other areas of international regulation. Environmental treaties, in particular, have developed a set of unique common characteristics that often include: an absence of reciprocity of obligations; interrelated or cross-referenced provisions from one instrument to another; framework structures; interim application; institutions with expansive mandates; innovative compliance and non-compliance procedures; and simplified means of modification or amendment. Several dozen multilateral environmental agreements contain provisions providing for the submission of disputes arising from their interpretation or application to the ICJ.

Keywords: ICJ; international environmental law; international environmental treaties; multilateral environmental agreements



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