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Reporting Obligations And Assessment Of Reports

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A method largely used by Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) for ensuring compliance is the introduction of the obligation imposed upon the Parties to report on the implementation of and compliance with their provisions following a largely accepted supervisory technique in international law. It obliges States Parties to a treaty to address periodic reports to an organ established or designated by the treaty. Most global MEAs and many regional ones use this technique, but only in a few cases have reporting systems been designed as an element in a comprehensive compliance system which may promote monitoring or ultimately lead to enforcement measures. This chapter discusses several aspects of reporting systems provided for by MEAs: what is the meaning of the reporting obligation, who has to address the reports to whom, what should be the contents of state reports, who has to assess the reports, and how they are to be assessed.

Keywords: compliance system; international law; Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs); reporting obligations; state reports



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