Defining Sustainable Development After Earth Summit 2002

16 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2007  

Hari M. Osofsky

Penn State Law (University Park)


This Article explores definitional issues plaguing the discourse over sustainable development and assesses the road ahead from Johannesburg in light of them. Part II discusses the morass of conceptual and political problems that serve as barriers to a consensus definition. Part III considers the structural barriers to achieving sustainable development, however it is defined. The Article concludes in Part IV by evaluating the limited conceptual and practical progress made at the Summit, and its implications for further steps.

Keywords: international, environment, sustainable development

Suggested Citation

Osofsky, Hari M., Defining Sustainable Development After Earth Summit 2002. Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, Vol. 26, p. 111, 2003 (Symposium Issue). Available at SSRN:

Hari M. Osofsky (Contact Author)

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