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Sustainable Development As A General Principle Of Law

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This chapter aims to investigate the legal nature of sustainable development as a principle of integration in situations where different interests conflict. In other words, it is the capability of the principle to function as a tool of legal reasoning that is important in this context. State practice of sustainable development as an integrative principle in this judicial understanding might, thus, be difficult if not impossible to assess. Resulting from its widespread acceptance in international law, sustainable development has frequently been titled as one of the general principles of international environmental law. Generality in this sense refers to its possible applicability to all members of the international community, across the whole range of human activities. It is the principle-based significance of sustainable development in a judicial context the chapter explores in detail.

Keywords: international law; judicial principle; sustainable development



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