The Work of the International Law Commission related to Environmental Issues


Abstract: This brief study exposes in an evolutionary manner the work of the International Law Commission related to environment. It approaches the topic in a chronological manner and from a horizontal point of view, having in mind that not all topics concern directly the environment. Thus, the works related to law of the sea, international waterways, transboundary aquifers, state responsibility are covered, even if there is only an indirect link between environmental protection and these topics. Moreover, the paper analyzes the recent works related to protection of the atmosphere and protection of environment in case of armed conflict.

Key-words: International Law Commission, environment, pollution, resources.

*Ion Gâlea is Senior Lecturer in Public International Law and International Organizations at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Law. He held the position of director general for legal affaris (legal advisor) within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania between 2010 and 2016. Since 2016, he is the Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Bulgaria. The opinions expressed in this paper are solely the author’s and do not engage the institutions he belongs to.

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