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In a relatively short time the concept of “sustainable development” has become firmly established in the field of international law. The World Commission on Environment and Development concisely defined sustainable development as follows: “development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. This definition takes into account the needs of both the present and future generations as well as the capacity of the earth and its natural resources which by clear implication should not be depleted by a small group of people (in industrialized countries).
The aim of this book is threefold : to review the genesis and to clarify the meaning of the concept of sustainable development, as well as to assess its status within public international law. Furthermore, it examines the legal principles that have emerged in the pursuit of sustainable development. Lastly, it assesses to what extent the actual evolution of law demonstrates the balance and integration with all pertinent fields of international law as urged by the Rio, Johannesburg, and World Summit documents. This is the second volume in the Hague Academy of International Law Pocket Book series; it contains the text of the course given at the Hague Academy by Professor Schrijver.

Cet ouvrage répond à trois objectifs : examiner la naissance du concept de développement durable, clarifier sa signification et évaluer son statut dans le droit international public. Il examine également les principes juridiques nés de la poursuite du développement durable. Enfin, il examine l’évolution actuelle du droit par rapport aux exigences énoncées à Rio, à Johannesburg et au cours du dernier sommet mondial en ce qui concerne l’intégration du concept de développement durable dans tous les domaines pertinents du droit international.
This volume is designed to put detailed and precise research tools at the disposal of the users of the Collected Courses. It is not intended to replace the general indexes, but is an attempt to fill the gaps inherent in the publication dates of the former. This volume covers ten volumes of the Collected Courses (published between 1998 and 1999) - more than 4,000 printed pages: it is the Academy's intention to produce similar index volumes on a regular basis. Also included is a complete list of all the courses which have appeared in the Collected Courses to date, as well as an alphabetical list of authors, and a detailed list of the Academy's other publications.
This volume is designed to put at the disposal of the users of the Collected Courses detailed and precise research tools. It is not intended to replace the general indexes, but is an attempt to fill the gaps inherent in the publication dates of the former. This volume covers ten volumes of the Collected Courses (published between 1997 and 1998) - more than 4,000 printed pages; it is the Academy's intention to produce similar index volumes on a regular basis.
Also included is a complete list of all the courses which have appeared in the Collected Courses to date, as well as an alphabetical list of authors, and a detailed list of the Academy's other publications.
The Academy Curatorium's choice to focus the 1995 Research Centre on catastrophes was without doubt prompted by the United Nations General Assembly's unwittingly apposite designation of the 1990s as `the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction'. The depth and persistence of the suffering and waste surrounding disasters is evident in the very slow progress made over the past decade. But to say it is slow is not to say there is none. Rather, it is to say that, as with many things important, the task of confronting the challenges posed by natural and man-made catastrophes will be a continuous one in which progress is measured in the individuals saved, the biodiversity protected, and the economic waste prevented.
The articles in this volume are divided into four parts. In the Introduction Professor Caron examines why the subject of catastrophes has been a particularly difficult one for the international community to address, while Professor Leben attempts to outline what an international catastrophe law might be. In Part I, five chapters chart the edges of the subject by addressing a series of catastrophes that challenge both our sense of catastrophe and the applicable law: the global ecological crisis, environmental refugees, populations displaced as a consequence of violence, famine and the AIDS virus (the full scale of the BSE crisis had not emerged at the time). In Part II, a further five chapters look to the functional dimensions in which the international community has responded to the challenges posed by catastrophes of all types: the duty on States to inform one another of the existence or risk of catastrophe, and the institutionalization of that duty; the duty on States to prevent catastrophe and corollaries of that duty such as the provision of material and technological assistance; the international organization of disaster response particularly within the United Nations family of organizations; the international organization of emergency response and the international facilitation of the work of non-governmental organizations. Finally, in Part III, four chapters address the aftermath of catastrophe: the responsibility of States for industrial and natural catastrophes; emerging patterns in the elaboration of State responsibility in conventional régimes; the scope of damages in the context of disasters; and the liability of States for disasters involving acts not prohibited by international law.

Originally published as Colloques / Workshops – Law Books of the Academy, Volume 21.
This volume is designed to put detailed and precise research tools at the disposal of the users of the Collected Courses. It is not intended to replace the general indexes, but is an attempt to fill the gaps inherent in the publication dates of the former. This volume covers ten volumes of the Collected Courses (published between 1995 and 1996) - more than 4,000 printed pages: it is the Academy's intention to produce similar index volumes on a regular basis. Also included is a complete list of all the courses which have appeared in the Collected Courses to date, as well as an alphabetical list of authors, and a detailed list of the Academy's other publications.
This volume is designed to put detailed and precise research tools at the disposal of the users of the Collected Courses. It is not intended to replace the general indexes, but is an attempt to fill the gaps inherent in the publication dates of the former. This volume covers ten volumes of the Collected Courses (published between 1993 and 1994) - more than 4,000 printed pages: it is the Academy's intention to produce similar index volumes on a regular basis. Also included is a complete list of all the courses which have appeared in the Collected Courses to date, as well as an alphabetical list of authors, and a detailed list of the Academy's other publications.
Editor: R.J. Dupuy
Editor: Joël Rideau