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The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development: A Commentary

Provides comprehensive commentary on and in-depth analysis of the principles set out in the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, adopted at the Earth Summit in 1992
Examines each of the Declaration's principles in light of its negotiating history, interpretation, and subsequent practice
Features cross-cutting chapters on the philosophy and impact of the Declaration

Series: Oxford Commentaries on International Law

By: Jorge E Viñuales (Editor)

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Feb 2015 | #212919 | ISBN-13: 9780199686773
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The international community has long grappled with the issue of safeguarding the environment and encouraging sustainable development, often with little result. The 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development was an emphatic attempt to address this issue, setting down 27 key principles for the international community to follow. These principles define the rights of people to sustainable development, and the responsibilities of states to safeguard the common environment. The Rio Declaration established that long term economic progress required a connection to environmental protection. It was designed as an authoritative and comprehensive statement of the principles of sustainable development law, an instrument to take stock of the past international and domestic practice, a guide for the design of new multilateral environmental regimes, and as a reference for litigation.

This commentary provides an authoritative and comprehensive overview of the principles of the Declaration, written by over twenty inter-disciplinary contributors, including both leading practitioners and academics. Each principle is analysed in light of its origins and rationale. The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development investigates each principle's travaux preparatoires setting out the main points of controversy and the position of different countries or groups. It analyses the scope and dimensions of each principle, providing an in-depth understanding of its legal effects, including whether it can be relied before a domestic or international court. It also assesses the impact of the principles on subsequent soft law and treaty development, as well as domestic and international jurisprudence. The authors demonstrate the ways in which the principles interact with each other, and finally provide a detailed analysis of the shortcomings and future potential of each principle. The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development will be of vital importance to practitioners, scholars, and students of international environomental law and sustainable development.


Jorge E. Vinuales: Introduction
Pierre-Marie Dupuy: The philosophy of the Rio Declaration
Philippe Sands: The impact of the Rio Declaration
F. Francioni: The preamble of the Rio Declaration

F. Francioni: Principle 1
J. E. Vinuales: Principle 2
Claire Molinari: Principle 3
Pierre-Marie Dupuy and Virginie Barral: Principle 4
Christophe Golay: Principle 5
Mamadou Hébié: Principle 6
Philippe Cullet: Principle 7
Christina Voigt: Principle 8
Sandrine Maljean-Dubois: Principle 9
Jonas Ebbesson: Principle 10
Nicholas Robinson: Principle 11
Riccardo Pavoni: Principle 12
Malgosia Fitzmaurice: Principle 13
Makane Mbengue: Principle 14
Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade: Principle 15
Elisa Morgera: Principle 16
Neil Craik: Principle 17
Phoebe Okowa: Principle 18
L. Boisson de Chazournes: Principle 19
Claire Mahon: Principle 20
Magnus Jesko Langer: Principle 21
Dinah Shelton: Principle 22
Mara Tignino: Principle 23
Marie Jacobsson: Principle 24
Louise Doswald Beck and Jorge E. Viñuales: Principle 25
Tim Stephens: Principle 26
Peter Sand: Principle 27

J. E. Viñuales: The future of the Rio Declaration

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Jorge E. Viñuales is Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge.

Virginie Barral, University of Hertfordshire
Louise Doswald Beck, The Graduate Institute
Lawrence Boisson de Chazournes, University of Geneva
Neil Craik, University of Waterloo
Philippe Cullet, SOAS
Pierre-Marie Dupuy, The Graduate Institute
Jonas Ebbesson, Stockholm University
Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Queen Mary
Francesco Francioni, University of Siena
Christophe Golay, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Mamadou Hébié, Graduate Institute for International Studies and Development
Marie Jacobsson, University of Lund
Magnus Jesko Langer, The Graduate Institute
Claire Mahon, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Sandrine Maljean-Dubois, C.N.R.S.
Makane Mbengue, University of Geneva
Claire Molinari, University of Oxford
Elisa Morgera, University of Edinburgh
Phoebe Okowa, Queen Mary
Riccardo Pavoni, University of Siena
Nicholas Robinson, Pace Law School
Peter Sand, University of Munich
Philippe Sands, University College London
Dinah Shelton, George Washington University
Tim Stephens, University of Sidney
Mara Tignino, University of Geneva
Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade, Judge, International Court of Justice
Christina Voigt, University of Oslo

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