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Law of Sustainable Development in the Jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice

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Within the past thirty years, sustainable development has been a central theme of a number of United Nations-sponsored conferences, commissions, and resolutions. Further, sustainable development has been incorporated into numerous multilateral treaties and has played a role in several decisions of the International Court of Justice. This chapter discusses the concept of sustainable development and its role in international law, including the Law of the Sea, by briefly discussing what sustainable development is and why it is important. Then, it discusses how international law related to sustainable development has developed and evolved in recent decades. Following that, the chapters indicate the contribution of the International Court of Justice to the law on sustainable development, including how the concept of sustainable development has played in its jurisprudence. Sustainable development has become a critical concept in recent decades in part because many regions and industries experienced the consequences from unsustainable resource management.

Keywords: International Court of Justice; international law; law of sustainable development; Law of the Sea; United Nations-sponsored commissions; United Nations-sponsored conferences; United Nations-sponsored resolutions; unsustainable resource management



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