Release on 2012-09-10 | by Christian Tams,Antonios Tzanakopoulos
Author: Christian Tams,Antonios Tzanakopoulos
Pubpsher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This collection of documents brings together a large number of primary sources on the peaceful settlement of disputes in a usable and affordable format. The documents included reflect the diverse techniques of international dispute settlement, as recognised in Articles 2(3) and 33 of the UN Charter, such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration and adjudication. The book comprises the most relevant multilateral treaties establishing dispute settlement regimes, as well as examples of special agreements, compromissory clauses, optional clause declarations and relevant resolutions of international organisations. It covers both diplomatic and adjudicative methods of dispute settlement and follows a basic division between general dispute settlement mechanisms, and sectoral regimes in fields such as human rights, WTO law, investment, law of the sea, environmental law and arms control. The book is the first widely-available collection of key documents on dispute settlement. It is aimed at teachers, students and practitioners of international law and related disciplines.
This book surveys the range of procedures for the settlement of international disputes, whether the disputes arise between States or between States and corporations or individuals. It examines non-judicial procedures such as negotiation, mediation, fact-finding, as well as judicial procedures. The emerging principles of procedural law applied in these tribunals are also discussed.
Over the last two decades, environmental problems have been increasingly identified as potential sources of international instability or even direct threats to international peace and security. This phenomenon has been reflected in the growing proportion of multilateral environmental treaties which include dispute settlement clauses. At the same time, and increasingly since the beginning of the 1990s, international adjudication is going through a renaissance as more and more cases are submitted to an expanding number of international judicial fora. This unique study takes a pragmatic approach to determine under which conditions international adjudication, as currently structured, can effectively tackle the challenge of environmental degradation and the ensuing international disputes. It illustrates how multilateral environmental treaties have provided for the settlement of disputes that may arise from their implementation, with special attention given to so-called non-compliance procedures. Ten environmental disputes which have been the subject of international adjudication are examined in detail, explaining the origins of the dispute, how and why the case was brought before that particular jurisdiction, the proceedings, the judgement, and the aftermath of the case. To assess the effectiveness of adjudicative means, famous cases are revisited, including the Bering Sea Fur Seals, Trail Smelter, Lake Lanoux, Nauru Phosphates, Nuclear Tests, Danube, Meuse River, and Southern Bluefin Tuna cases, and the impact the judgements had on the original environmental problems examined.
As China becomes more integrated in global economic and political systems, it has become inevitable that it engages fully and actively in the international legal system. Notably missing in China s international engagement is its participation in international institutions on third party settlement of disputes, including territorial and boundary disputes. This work argues that, contrary to conventional understanding, much could be gained by China if it were to have a more positive attitude towards third-party settlement of its territorial and boundary disputes. This volume examines both the problems and opportunities China is confronting within the changing international context and offers new frameworks for settlement of China s major territorial and boundary disputes.