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Are we there yet? A legal assessment and review of the concept of sustainable development under international law

Pavlovskaia, Evgenia LU (2013) In Journal of sustainable development law and policy 2(1). p.139-152
Abstract
Some of the most consistently utilized terms in international environmental law are “sustainable

development” and “sustainability”. Sustainable development is mentioned in virtually every domestic,

regional and international laws on environment, energy and natural resources. This has led to the

contentions by some scholars that the concept of sustainable development has matured into customary

international law, or at least has become a general principle of international environmental law.

Many researchers, however, argue that the idea of sustainable development is vague, elusive and does

not add much to the efficient implementation of international environmental law. This article aims... (More)
Some of the most consistently utilized terms in international environmental law are “sustainable

development” and “sustainability”. Sustainable development is mentioned in virtually every domestic,

regional and international laws on environment, energy and natural resources. This has led to the

contentions by some scholars that the concept of sustainable development has matured into customary

international law, or at least has become a general principle of international environmental law.

Many researchers, however, argue that the idea of sustainable development is vague, elusive and does

not add much to the efficient implementation of international environmental law. This article aims to

examine and discuss these views.

In this paper, the content of the widely used concepts “sustainability” and “sustainable

development” are studied from the perspective of their implementation in different parts of the world.

The article examines the status of the concept of sustainable development under international law, its

implementation across sectors, its key contributions to international law and how its practical

actualization can be further strengthened.

The article sets out with a broad inter-disciplinary review of the existing definitions of the

concepts “sustainability” and “sustainable development”. The article will then examine examples of

how “sustainability” and “sustainable development” are incorporated in contemporary environmental

law, in order to highlight its current status under international law and its overall influence on

different spheres of our life. Major difficulties and challenges associated with implementing and

enforcing sustainability are also examined. It is suggested that market systems should be

supplemented by political processes and legal regulations that include special mechanisms and tools to

protect and control the health of the environment. Growing awareness of sustainability, primarily

environmental, among produces is viewed in the article as a very positive trend. It is welcomed that

more and more industries are engaged in sustainable production throughout the entire product life

cycle. The use of such tools as sustainability criteria, sustainability standards and eco-labels must

also be promoted. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Some of the most consistently utilized terms in international environmental law are “sustainable<br/><br>
development” and “sustainability”. Sustainable development is mentioned in virtually every domestic,<br/><br>
regional and international laws on environment, energy and natural resources. This has led to the<br/><br>
contentions by some scholars that the concept of sustainable development has matured into customary<br/><br>
international law, or at least has become a general principle of international environmental law.<br/><br>
Many researchers, however, argue that the idea of sustainable development is vague, elusive and does<br/><br>
not add much to the efficient implementation of international environmental law. This article aims to<br/><br>
examine and discuss these views.<br/><br>
In this paper, the content of the widely used concepts “sustainability” and “sustainable<br/><br>
development” are studied from the perspective of their implementation in different parts of the world.<br/><br>
The article examines the status of the concept of sustainable development under international law, its<br/><br>
implementation across sectors, its key contributions to international law and how its practical<br/><br>
actualization can be further strengthened.<br/><br>
The article sets out with a broad inter-disciplinary review of the existing definitions of the<br/><br>
concepts “sustainability” and “sustainable development”. The article will then examine examples of<br/><br>
how “sustainability” and “sustainable development” are incorporated in contemporary environmental<br/><br>
law, in order to highlight its current status under international law and its overall influence on<br/><br>
different spheres of our life. Major difficulties and challenges associated with implementing and<br/><br>
enforcing sustainability are also examined. It is suggested that market systems should be<br/><br>
supplemented by political processes and legal regulations that include special mechanisms and tools to<br/><br>
protect and control the health of the environment. Growing awareness of sustainability, primarily<br/><br>
environmental, among produces is viewed in the article as a very positive trend. It is welcomed that<br/><br>
more and more industries are engaged in sustainable production throughout the entire product life<br/><br>
cycle. The use of such tools as sustainability criteria, sustainability standards and eco-labels must<br/><br>
also be promoted.},
  author       = {Pavlovskaia, Evgenia},
  keyword      = {miljörätt,sustainable development,sustainability,industrial sustainability,Implementing sustainability,enviromnetal law},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {139--152},
  series       = {Journal of sustainable development law and policy},
  title        = {Are we there yet? A legal assessment and review of the concept of sustainable development under international law},
  volume       = {2},
  year         = {2013},
}