Finding autonomy in international environmental law and governance

French, Duncan (2009) Finding autonomy in international environmental law and governance. Journal of Environmental Law, 21 (2). pp. 255-289. ISSN 0952-8873

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Abstract

This article will consider the relevance of the notion of autonomy within a particular body of international law, namely international environmental law. Without the existence of an over-arching institutional framework on which the autonomy of the discipline might be otherwise premised, the article considers the complexity of understanding and applying autonomy within a diverse field of legal rules and institutional settings. The article will suggest, at least in international environmental law, that the notion of autonomy encompasses a wide range of meanings, ranging from the perceived-utopian (the ‘fable’) right through to the perceived-dystopian (the ‘threat’). In fact, the reality of autonomy in international environmental law is perhaps more nuanced and incremental--though not necessarily any the less significant for all that.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:autonomy, international environmental law, global environmental governance, Conferences of the Parties, intra-treaty innovations, institutional and non-institutional autonomy.
Subjects:M Law > M130 Public International Law
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Law School
ID Code:5146
Deposited By: Duncan French
Deposited On:04 May 2012 13:06
Last Modified:11 Jun 2014 14:15

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