- Coupright Page
- Table of Cases
- Table of Legislation
- List of Contributors
- Asia’s Ambivalence about International Law
- Regional Organizations
- Asia in the History and Theory of International Law
- Regional Peace and Security
- Human Rights
- International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law
- International Environmental Law
- Law of the Sea and Asian States
- International Economic Law and Asia
- International Dispute Settlement
- South Korea
- The Philippines
- Viet Nam
- Sri Lanka
- Central Asian States
- South Pacific Island States
- New Zealand
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter addresses the development and implementation of international and regional instruments and policies concerning the environment and natural resources across the sub-regions of the Asia-Pacific, in the context of the continuing debate on the need to promote ecological sustainability globally. Many of these instruments and policies began to shape national environmental law responses in the region from the 1970s. Two recent and highly significant instruments are the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals, both agreed in 2015. The chapter then examines the functions of the more important regional environmentally oriented institutions, together with their associated legal frameworks and soft law instruments, for each of the Asia-Pacific’s sub-regions. It also focuses on the increasing international, regional, and national trend of recognizing the links between environmental law and human rights, and specifically the promotion of the right to a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment.
Ben Boer is Distinguished Professor, Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University, China, and Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney, Australia.
Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.