Emerging Economies in Multilateral Environmental Agreements

11 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2014

Date Written: 2012


Speaking of "emerging countries" seems to put these countries in a homogeneous category of States which could, then, be recognised some rights or be subjected to different obligations as developed, developing or the least developed States usually are, under differential treatment. However, when studying MEAs, it appears that no such legal State category is formally recognised. And yet, the creation of the BASIC group in the climate regime shows that these countries are in need of specific recognition. More disturbingly, this lacking of recognition seems to allow these countries to speak either as emerging or developing countries according to the matter that is under discussion; and that, could create great difficulties. Through an empirical approach of international multilateral agreements, this paper aims to assess the existence of an "emerging countries" category as well as the consequences of its lacking or recognition on the field.

Keywords: Emerging economies, developing countries, differential treatment, MEAs, environment

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Deleuil, Thomas, Emerging Economies in Multilateral Environmental Agreements (2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2450010 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2450010

Thomas Deleuil (Contact Author)

Aix-Marseille University ( email )

Faculte de Droit et de SP., 3 av. Robert Schuman

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