Procedural Obligations of States

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:

Series: Oxford Monographs in International Law

Procedural Obligations of States

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A large number of the treaties and legal instruments discussed in Chapter 2 attempt to regulate and prevent the occurrence of transboundary air pollution through the imposition of procedural duties. This chapter examines the legal implications of the procedural obligations of environmental impact assessment, exchange of information, notification, and consultation as found in air pollution treaties. It also considers the extent to which these duties can be said to have passed into the corpus of general international law. It suggests that, with the exception of notification in emergency situations, these procedural norms have not attained the status of customary law and are at best emergent principles of general international law.

Keywords: transboundary air pollution; international law; environmental impact assessment; exchange of information; air pollution treaties; customary law

Chapter.  19966 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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