The Ability of Environmental Treaties to Address Environmental Problems in Post-Conflict

Britta Sjöstedt

in Environmental Protection and Transitions from Conflict to Peace

Published in print October 2017 | ISBN: 9780198784630
Published online November 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191827051 | DOI:

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This chapter examines how international environmental law pertains in the transition phase from armed conflict to peace (post-conflict). Environmental treaties have the ability to fill an institutional and a normative gap in a post-conflict context, which is often characterized by institutional collapse and low priority of environmental protection work. Most environmental treaties have treaty bodies that can ensure that the treaties apply to protect the environment, also after armed conflict, and could therefore be of relevance in the search for a framework of jus post bellum. The argument is supported by describing the application of the World Heritage Convention in relation to the armed conflicts taking place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In the DRC, the treaty bodies established under the Convention have provided various means to protect the natural World Heritage Sites. Other similar environmental treaties may have an important role in the jus post bellum.

Keywords: armed conflict; post-conflict; environmental damage; international environmental law; environmental treaties; World Heritage

Chapter.  10759 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law ; Environment and Energy Law

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