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The Context and Concepts of This Study

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Globalization has many layers and dimensions and needs to be explained in the context of a new world society still in the process of formation, and thus presents a moving target. T.M. Franck describes equity as a concept that is developing into an important redeeming aspect of the international legal system that could serve to introduce elements of justice into global society. As pointed out in principle 1 of the Rio Declaration, human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment strongly stressed the linkages in her Report on Human Rights, Environment and Development. International law has potential in the light of the unity and universality of many human rights, developmental and environmental concerns.

Keywords: equity; globalization; international law; international legal system; Rio Declaration; sustainable development; United Nations



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