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Sustainable Development LawPrinciples, Practices, and Prospects$
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Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger and Ashfaq Khalfan

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276707

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276707.001.0001

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Principles of International Law Relating to Sustainable Development *

Principles of International Law Relating to Sustainable Development *

(p.95) 5 Principles of International Law Relating to Sustainable Development*
Sustainable Development Law

Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger

Ashfaq Khalfan

Oxford University Press

In recent years discussions of the role of international law in sustainable development have expanded considerably. Increasing numbers of international treaties have set sustainable development as an objective or part of their purposes. International human rights law is increasingly being applied to sustainable development concerns such as poverty eradication and environmental protection in particular through growing recognition of social, economic, and cultural rights. The decisions of international courts and tribunals are beginning to explicitly recognize sustainable development goals and instruments, and its concepts are increasingly being invoked before national courts and tribunals around the world. There is an emerging body of legal principles, and treaties based on these principles, which can facilitate reconciliation between social, environmental and economic norms, and regimes. Their integrated social, economic, and environmental purposes are often focused on development of a resource or resolution of a development challenge, in a more sustainable way.

Keywords:   international law, sustainable development, international treaties, international human rights law, legal principles

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