The Private Life of Environmental Treaties

American Journal of International Law, Vol. 103, p. 510, 2009

16 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2009 Last revised: 1 Jul 2014

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Natasha Affolder

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Law

Date Written: November 9, 2009

Abstract

The gravitational pull of environmental treaties is felt not only by states. Yet international lawyers almost exclusively focus on states to explain treaty compliance, measure treaty implementation, and assess treaty effectiveness. This essay draws attention to a phenomenon that falls outside traditional boundaries of treaty analysis: the efforts of private corporations that aim at complying with environmental treaties. Existing models of treaty implementation are inadequate to explain these direct interactions between corporations and treaties. The dominant grammar of treaty “compliance” equally fails to fit. Using a little-studied example - the UNESCO World Heritage Convention - this essay highlights the phenomenon of corporations’ aspiring to conform their behavior to environmental treaty requirements.

Keywords: Environmental Agreements, Treaty Compliance, World Heritage Convention, Corporations

Suggested Citation

Affolder, Natasha, The Private Life of Environmental Treaties (November 9, 2009). American Journal of International Law, Vol. 103, p. 510, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1502948

Natasha Affolder (Contact Author)

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Law ( email )

1822 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
Canada

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