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Water is not only a resource; it is also a commodity. More importantly, it is a consumable commodity. This article explores the ways in which water is bought, sold, imported, and exported into and out of the United States.
Through its work prosecuting transnational environmental crimes, providing capacity building to foreign law enforcement counterparts, defending regulatory actions, and implementing important Administration policies, the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice is promoting attainment of the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals relating to protection of the environment and natural resources, and the rule of law.
The impact of climate change on EU countries’ water is considered to be critical. This article provides an overview on the adaptation measures implemented at different administrative levels within the EU to mitigate this impact.
Underground aquifers shelter 97 percent of the available freshwater on the planet. Taking proactive measures now to address the effects of climate change will ensure that enough freshwater remains to support future generations.
As the world continues to struggle with climate change, the consequences of the water trade, including bulk and the less popular but emerging virtual water trade, are crucial in ensuring water security and the right to water.
The MoU entered into by Guyana and Norway endeavors to combat climate change and reduce its effects through various UN–endorsed mechanisms, including adaptation and mitigation, sustainable development, and climate change finance. Guyana’s economy grows in sustainable ways, and Norway reaps moral and political benefits.
Providing a brief history and understanding of ocean zoning in the contemporary world, the author emphasizes the importance of scientific research and holistic contemplation in ocean zoning and takes a closer look at international zoning, environmental concerns, and exclusive economic zones.
As climate change intensifies and water scarcity becomes a central political issue over the next decades, what lessons can a bottled-water-drinking country like the United States learn from previous campaigns and reform efforts to suppress the production and distribution of inefficient and carbon-intensive commodities?
More than any other legal specialty, ours, as international lawyers, truly reflects the world around us. The ABA Section of International Law thanks ILN and its readers for working to promote cross-national and cross-continental understanding and justice.
Elected to the “World Court” in September 2010, Judge Joan E. Donoghue has had a distinguished career in public service including as Principal Deputy Legal Adviser and Acting Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State.
The U.S. Department of State Legal Adviser’s Office provided insights on the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, during the sixth annual “Live from L” program, sponsored by the ABA Section of International Law and held at George Washington University Law School.
The Chinese Communist Party’s Fourth Plenum termed the country’s legal approach “Socialist Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics.” Whose Rule of Law is the normative Rule of Law? Does the Party’s Western reference signal change?
International institutions, governments, investors, consumers, and civil society organizations are seeking to hold businesses more accountable for human rights practices and other socially responsible activities and sustainable practices.
The Netherlands, Pakistan, and the U.S. were the first three countries to rule climate change, but given the gravity of what is at stake, more litigation is expected. This article analyzes the different cases to date, discusses the possible reasons for the holdings, and the need for a global approach.
In the long-running Texaco/Chevron litigation over contamination in the Lago Agrio oil field, Canada’s Supreme Court has confirmed that foreign judgments can be recognized and enforced in Canada without proof of any connection between Canada and the judgment debtor or the foreign proceedings and without proof that the judgment debtor has any assets in Canada.
The legal tradition embraces categorization, but climate change defies categorization. Global climate change will require an increase in scholarship and resources for practitioners that address relationships among international law, human rights, climate adaptation, and socioecological systems.