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date: 17 February 2020

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This chapter discusses the role of informational requirements in environmental protection. It first provides an overview of the nature of informational requirements in environmental law before discussing the role of states in controlling environmental information. It then considers the new approach towards access to environmental information that has been adopted by Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration, the pursuit of regional international hard law on Principle 10, and key provisions of the Aarhus and draft United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC) Conventions relating to access to information. The chapter also explores the state-mandated public disclosure of information by companies as well as companies’ voluntary and selective disclosure of information before concluding with an analysis of some emerging issues relating to environmental information in the age of information technology.

Keywords: comparative environmental law, regional environmental law, comparative international law, Aarhus Convention, draft ECLAC Convention, non-regulatory information disclosure, emerging concerns in the age of information technology

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