Precautionary Rights and Duties of States

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This work makes clear what it means that the precautionary principle represents customary international law. Through the analysis of state practice regarding this principle of international environmental law, it answers crucial questions concerning the conditions triggering a right or duty to take precautionary action; the nature and content of such action; the issue areas to which the principle applies; the allocation of the burden of proof; and the role of socio-economic factors. Ultimately, it details what it takes to act in conformity with the precautionary principle under general international law.


Part One Introduction,
1. The Oracle of Delphi and the Precautionary Principle, Part Two Definition,
2. Apollo's Tripod: Defining Rights and Duties under the Precautionary Principle,
3. First Leg of the Tripod: Threat of Environmental Harm,
4. Second Leg of the Tripod: Uncertainty,
5. Third Leg of the Tripod: Action,
6. Assembling the Tripod: Synthesis, Part Three Implementation,
7. Precautionary Measures,
8. The Precautionary Principle and the Burden of Proof,
9. The Precautionary Principle and Socio-Economic Interests, Part Four Conclusions,
10. The Pythia Replaced: Conclusions, Table of Instruments, Legally Binding International Instruments, Non-Legally Binding International Instruments, European Union Instruments, Table of Cases, International Court of Justice, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, WTO Dispute Settlement, Arbitration, European Union Court of Justice, National Cases, Country Index, Keyword Index.


Praise for the author's previous book Evolution and Status of the Precautionary Principle in International Law (Kluwer Law International, 2002):'The question arises whether this book adds something new to the existing literature on the precautionary principle. Yes, it does. The analysis is not only well researched, exhaustive and comprehensive, but it is also convincing. In addition, the annex, which lists all instruments and decisions selected on the basis of textual references to precaution, clearly supports Trouwborst's analysis. Most scholarly contributions lack, whether on account of space limitations or otherwise, the completeness of such a review.'Nicolas de Sadeleer in: 13 Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, 2004.
EAN: 9789004152120
ISBN: 9004152121
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2006
Seitenanzahl: 351 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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