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Addressing The Waste Trade In The Context Of Sustainability

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This chapter begins with a discussion on linking sustainable development objectives with the International Waste Trade. It explains the normative concept of sustainable development. Although generally acknowledged as an overarching guideline in international politics and international legal frameworks, the concept of "sustainable development" is often dismissed as overly vague for effective implementation as a legal norm. On the one hand, environmental law focuses on the protection of the environment from pollution. On the other hand, human rights choose a more "anthropocentric" approach by focusing on the protection of individual human beings. In order to enable an effective balancing of the social, environmental and economic priorities in question, the chapter is based on the understanding that the different aspects are coordinate from the outset. The approach chosen here conceives of the concept of &t;sustainable development&t; as a flexible tool that can take into account various different aspects.

Keywords: environmental law; human rights; sustainable development; waste trade



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