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The Implications Of The Principle Of Sustainable  Development In International Environmental Law

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The principle of sustainable development has a broad range of implications, both at the national and the international level, in different areas of social life and especially in the fields of policy and law. The purpose of this chapter is to address some features of principle of sustainable development in current international environmental law, appearing as particularly interesting either for their theoretical dimension, by their innovative character or simply because they have not been sufficiently explored thus far. This chapter first reviews the legal status of the principle of sustainable development in international law and then considers its more salient legal traits: namely, its interdisciplinary, three-dimensional, demystifying, and revolutionary character. This leads to conclude that, if rightly implemented, the principle of sustainable development can greatly contribute to achieving economic, social and environmental progress. International environmental law is characterized by its preventive, protective and functional approach.

Keywords: International Environmental Law; international law; Principle Of Sustainable Development



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