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Common (Customary?) Legal Principles

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This chapter assesses the common substantive, procedural, and equitable principles of international environmental law. The major role played by the public in environmental protection is usually through participation in environmental impact or other permitting procedures. Several dozen international treaties adopted since the Stockholm Conference call upon states to take specific measures to ensure that the public is adequately informed about the risks posed to them by specific activities. In most national legal systems, equity has played a major part in determining the distribution of rights and responsibilities in conditions of scarcity and inequality. In international environmental law, some developing countries have argued for exemptions from legal norms or for preferential treatment on the basis that international legal rules impose upon them a disproportionate environmental burden due to the export of pollution from wealthier countries, while they are unable to share in the benefits derived from activities producing the pollution.

Keywords: international environmental law; international legal rules; international treaties; pollution; Stockholm Conference



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