'Treaty Congestion' in International Environmental Law

ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, Shawkat Alam, Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan, Tareq M.R. Chowdhury and Erika J. Techera, eds., Routledge, 2012

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 12-05

32 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2012 Last revised: 13 Nov 2015

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Don Anton

Griffith University - Griffith Law School; ANU College of Law

Date Written: January 19, 2012

Abstract

This is an extended version of a contribution to the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law. It focuses on the phenomenon of "treaty congestion," which commentators have tied to the rapid expansion of international environmental law in recent decades. Arguably the number of international instruments has hampered implementation. In particular, the lack of coordination in the face of proliferation and the lack of capacity challenge the operationalizing international environmental obligation by necessary and sufficient laws, policies, programs and plans. This contribution considers the issue of treaty congestion, and makes suggestions for how it might be overcome.

Keywords: International Law, International Environmental Law, Treaties, Treaty Congestion, Fragmentation of International Law, Capacity-Building

JEL Classification: K33, K32

Suggested Citation

Anton, Donald K., 'Treaty Congestion' in International Environmental Law (January 19, 2012). ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, Shawkat Alam, Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan, Tareq M.R. Chowdhury and Erika J. Techera, eds., Routledge, 2012; ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 12-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1988579

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