Environmental Impact Assessment as a Duty Under International Law: The International Court of Justice Judgment on Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay
European Journal of Risk Regulation, Vol. 3, p. 317, 2010
8 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2010
Date Written: October 9, 2010
On April 20, 2010, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced its judgment in a 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.
Keywords: International Court of Justice, Water, Sustainable Development, Environmental Impact Assessment
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By Felix David