Chapter

Norms of General International Law Applicable to Radioactive Contamination

Phoebe N. Okowa

in State Responsibility for Transboundary Air Pollution in International Law

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780198260974
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682186 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260974.003.0005

Series: Oxford Monographs in International Law

Norms of General International Law Applicable to Radioactive Contamination

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In the last chapter it was noted that as a general rule international law prohibits states from carrying on activities in a manner that causes injury within the territory of other states. The rule is general in character and is not dependent on the nature of the activity in question. This chapter considers the application of this principle to transboundary air pollution arising out of radioactive fall-out. Although the broad aim in this work is to treat transboundary air pollution as a unified field, it is suggested that any legal regime for the control of radioactive contamination should reflect the very serious nature of radiation-induced injuries and the qualitatively different character of the risks involved.

Keywords: transboundary air pollution; international law; radioactive contamination

Chapter.  17434 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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