Case Concerning Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay (Argentina v. Uruguay) (Judgment) [2010]

International Court of Justice, April 10, 2010

Australian International Law Journal, 2010

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 10-84

10 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2010 Last revised: 13 Nov 2015

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Don Anton

Griffith University - Griffith Law School; ANU College of Law

Date Written: November 8, 2010


The Pulp Mills case is the latest in a series of environmental cases to find its way before the ICJ. Pulp Mills contributes to the development of international environmental law by confirming that that transboundary environmental impact assessment is part and parcel of general international law. It is true that deficiencies remain in connection with the nature, scope and content of the EIA (including public consultation). However, states planning projects that pose risks of significant transboundary environmental harm (or threaten shared natural resources) shoulder a significant obligation of due diligence to ensure the environment or resources are protected from harm.

Keywords: International Court of Justice, International Environmental Law, Environmental Impact Assessment

JEL Classification: K33, K41

Suggested Citation

Anton, Donald K., Case Concerning Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay (Argentina v. Uruguay) (Judgment) [2010] (November 8, 2010). Australian International Law Journal, 2010; ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 10-84. Available at SSRN: or

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