International Environmental Law
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The paper discusses how international law takes multiple different formats, such as law as determined by the United Nations and treaties and multinational agreements. The paper looks at international conferences that cover environmental legal issues, such as the International Whaling Commission, the Earth Summit and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas. The paper then looks at how many agreements have entered into international environmental law, including the Kyoto Protocol, the 1991 US-Canada Air Quality Agreement and the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.
From the Paper:"Many agreements have entered into international environmental law. A binding agreement that flowed from the UNFCCC was the Kyoto Protocol, in which industrialized nations signed on to firm commitments with respect to greenhouse gas reduction.
"An example of a bilateral agreement in international law is the 1991 US-Canada Air Quality Agreement. This agreement addressed transboundary air pollution, with the negative consequence of causing acid rain in another jurisdiction. Recognizing that air pollution can travel great distances, the agreement was a landmark for its recognition of the multinational nature of pollution and the concept of clean air as a shared global resource (EPA, 2009).
"Another agreement is the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. This agreement is a comprehensive agreement aimed at protecting human health and the environment against the effects of the generation, movement and disposal of hazardous wastes. This agreement recognizes that hazardous wastes must be managed in a multinational way, since pollution from these wastes can impact the environment across national borders. Moreover, the convention contains efforts to control the dumping on hazardous wastes on weaker countries."
Sample of Sources Used:
- No author. (2008). Codification and Progressive Development of International Law. United Nations. Retrieved November 15, 2009 from http://www.un.org/law/lindex.htm
- Convention on Biological Diversity website, various pages. (2009). Retrieved November 15, 2009 from http://www.cbd.int
- Currie, D. (2007). Whales, sustainability, and international environmental governance. Review of European Community and International Environmental Law. Vol. 16,1,45-57.
- International Whaling Commission website, various pages. (2009). Retrieved November 15, 2009 from http://www.iwcoffice.org/
- EPA. (2009). US-Canada air quality agreement. Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved November 15, 2009 from http://www.epa.gov/airmarkt/progsregs/usca/index.htm
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