Grand Pretentions, Faulty Execution and Puny Results’? A Critical Examination of the International Community’s Ability to turn International Environmental Treaties into Environmentally Useful Action’

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Abstract

This article considers international environmental treaties and endeavours to explore and evaluate the extent to which treaties produce tangiblev environmental results. It addresses the faultline between the treaty instrument itself and the transition required to transform textual agreement into environmentally beneficial action. The article takes a particular evaluative opinion from environmental expert Daniel Bodansky as a touchstone and proceeds to test his position by critiquing the development of the ‘environmental treaty environmental action’ dynamic across modern times. It is concluded that treaties will often fall entirely flat in practice,
yet “this is by no means the general rule”.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-55
Number of pages7
JournalQueen's Political Review
Volume1
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013

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