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Sovereignty over Natural Resources
Balancing Rights and Duties


Part of Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law

  • Date Published: January 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521047449

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  • In modern international law, permanent sovereignty over natural resources has come to entail duties as well as rights. This study analyses the evolution of permanent sovereignty from a political claim to a principle of international law, and examines its significance for a number of controversial issues such as people's rights, nationalization and environmental conservation. Although political discussion has long focused on the rights arising from permanent sovereignty, Dr Schrijver argues that this has been at the expense of the consideration of the corollary obligations it also entails. His book thus identifies directions sovereignty over natural resources has taken in an increasingly interdependent world and demonstrates its relevance to debate on foreign-investment regulation, the environment and sustainable development.

    • Major study of controversial area in international environmental law
    • Analyses the effects of UN resolutions on the environment, and in particular on sustainable development
    • Overview of key areas of international law, including investment law, the law of the sea and international environmental law
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    • Date Published: January 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521047449
    • length: 484 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of boxes, figures and tables
    List of abbreviations
    List of main symbols used in UN documents
    Table of cases
    1. Introduction
    Part I. The Birth and Development of the Principle: The UN General Assembly as Midwife: Introductory remarks to part I
    2. The formative years (1945–1962)
    3. Promoting economic development by the exercise of permanent sovereignty: the period after 1962
    4. Permanent sovereignty, environmental protection and sustainable development
    5. Permanent sovereignty over natural resources in territories under occupation or foreign administration
    Summary and appraisal of part I
    Part II. Natural-Resource Law in Practice: From Creeping National Jurisdiction Towards International Co-operation: Introductory remarks to part II
    6. International investment law: from nationalism to pragmatism
    7. The law of the sea: extension of control over marine resources
    8. International environmental law: sovereignty versus the environment?
    Appraisal of part II
    Part III. Balancing Rights and Duties in an Increasingly Interdependent World:
    9. Rights and claims: seeking evidence of recognition in international law
    10. Duties: the other side of the coin
    11. Sovereignty over natural resources as a basis for sustainable development

  • Author

    Nico Schrijver, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

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