Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay: The International Court of Justice Recognizes Environmental Impact Assessment as a Duty under International Law

American Society of International Law Insight, Vol. 14, No. 9, April 22, 2010

11 Pages Posted: 18 May 2010  

Cymie R. Payne

Rutgers University; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - School of Law, Camden

Date Written: April 22, 2010

Abstract

On April 20, 2010, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced its judgment in a high-stakes environmental dispute between Argentina and Uruguay, concerning Uruguay’s authorization for pulp mills on the banks of the Uruguay River, which forms the international boundary between the two countries. This judgment is a significant step forward in the ICJ’s jurisprudence on environmental law and on shared watercourses. The Court recognized environmental impact assessment as a practice that has become an obligation of general international law in these situations. This Insight highlights some points of particular interest in the judgment of the Court and discusses the multiple advocacy strategies used by both parties.

Keywords: water, ICJ, dispute settlement, international environmental law, environmental assessment

Suggested Citation

Payne, Cymie R., Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay: The International Court of Justice Recognizes Environmental Impact Assessment as a Duty under International Law (April 22, 2010). American Society of International Law Insight, Vol. 14, No. 9, April 22, 2010 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1611274

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - School of Law, Camden

Camden, NJ
United States

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