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The Role of the United Nations Environment Assembly in Emerging Issues of International Environmental Law

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School of Law, University of Bern, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
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International Affairs Division, Federal Office for the Environment, 3003 Berne, Switzerland
Sustainability 2020, 12(14), 5680; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145680
Received: 15 May 2020 / Revised: 16 June 2020 / Accepted: 30 June 2020 / Published: 15 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Global Environmental Policy and Governance in Sustainability)
This article takes a closer look at the scientific, policy and catalytic functions of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its Assembly (UNEA) and UNEA’s role in addressing emerging issues in international environmental policy and law by examining two concrete examples. The first shows how UNEA was able to contribute to the international environmental law on mercury: UNEA played a catalytic policy role by contributing to the development of international soft law, customary law, and treaty law. Further, UNEA played a policy shaping role by influencing the further development of key international environmental law principles in the negotiations of new environmental norms in other fora. The second example describes UNEA’s unsuccessful attempt to address geoengineering. Building on the two examples, the article identifies factors that support or impede the fulfilment of UNEA’s role in addressing emerging issues of international environmental policy and law. View Full-Text
Keywords: international environmental law; international environmental governance; UNEP; UNEA; Minamata Convention on mercury; geoengineering; climate-altering technologies; common but differentiated responsibilities; precaution international environmental law; international environmental governance; UNEP; UNEA; Minamata Convention on mercury; geoengineering; climate-altering technologies; common but differentiated responsibilities; precaution
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Perrez, F.X. The Role of the United Nations Environment Assembly in Emerging Issues of International Environmental Law. Sustainability 2020, 12, 5680. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145680

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Perrez FX. The Role of the United Nations Environment Assembly in Emerging Issues of International Environmental Law. Sustainability. 2020; 12(14):5680. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145680

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Perrez, Franz X. 2020. "The Role of the United Nations Environment Assembly in Emerging Issues of International Environmental Law" Sustainability 12, no. 14: 5680. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145680

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