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The Stockholm Declaration And The Structure And Processes Of International Environmental Law

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This chapter aims to reflect on the impact of the Stockholm Declaration in light of the evolution of the structure and processes of international environmental law since 1972. It first illustrates how the structure of international environmental law has changed from a transboundary, bilateral framework to a global framework, which seeks to take into account considerations of both intra- and intergenerational equity. The chapter, therefore, focuses on five concepts that best reflect the shifts: common concern of humankind, common but differentiated responsibilities, sustainable development, intergenerational equity, and the precautionary principle. Second, the chapter suggests that this change in structure has been accompanied by a broadening of the processes of international environmental law to encompass a range of law-making methods.

Keywords: intergenerational equity; international environmental law; precautionary principle; Stockholm Declaration; sustainable development



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