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Hazardous Substances and Activities

By David A. Wirth

Abstract

This piece analyzes and critically evaluates the enormous number and variety of international instruments addressing the regulation of hazardous substances and activities, from consumer products to nuclear power plants. International authorities are categorized according to regulatory theory, ranging from hazard identification and testing to disposal. Other regulatory approaches include limitations on pollutant releases, prevention of and response to industrial accidents, and international trade in toxic chemicals and waste. Multilateral norms originating from global and regional institutions, UN specialized agencies, and non-UN organizations are analyzed. The piece addresses both \u22hard\u22 (binding or conventional) and \u22soft\u22 (nonbinding) instruments, correlating legal form with policy purpose. The relationship between each international policy analogous domestic regulatory approaches is explored

Topics: hazardous substances, toxics, pollutant releases, pollution, International Law, Law and Economics, Natural Resources Law, Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law, Trade Regulation, Antitrust and Trade Regulation, International Law, Law and Economics, Natural Resources Law, Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law
Publisher: Digital Commons @ Boston College Law School
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:lawdigitalcommons.bc.edu:lsfp-1189
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