What's so bad about unilateral action to protect the environment?
Author: Bodansky, D.
Source: European Journal of International Law, Volume 11, Number 2, 2000 , pp. 339-347(9)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:National actions to protect the environment can be more or less unilateral, ranging from those that promote purely national policies at one extreme to those that promote international norms at the other. Although the preference for international action to protect the environment is understandable, sometimes unilateral action can play a catalytic role in the development of an international regime. Moreover, often effective multilateral action is impossible, so the choice is not between unilateralism and multilateralism, but between unilateralism and inaction. Rather than condemning unilateralism outright, we need to evaluate each particular unilateral action (or inaction) to determine whether, on balance, it advances or detracts from desired ends.
Document Type: Original Article
Affiliations: US Department of State, USA
Publication date: 2000-01-01
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