Competing theories on protecting the world's remaining rainforests - public good global commons or sovereignty

Patricia Blazey

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Abstract

This paper undertakes a theoretical assessment of whether the international community has the right to interfere with in the sustainable management of rainforests by governments of developing countries. It is a fundamental issue when arguments are raised in support of the introduction of a rainforest treaty. Two key theoretical arguments are addressed: does a state have absolute sovereignty over its natural resources or does the 'global commons' theory apply whereby forests belong to the world's citizens thus giving the international community the right to dictate to individual states how they manage and use their natural resources?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaw across nations
Subtitle of host publicationgovernance, policy and statutes
EditorsSylvia Kierkegaard
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherInternational Association of IT Lawyers (IAITL)
Pages801-814
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9788799138593
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInternational Association of IT Lawyers - Nicosia, Cyprus, Nicosia
Duration: 19 Sep 201122 Sep 2011

Conference

ConferenceInternational Association of IT Lawyers
CityNicosia
Period19/09/1122/09/11

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