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date: 13 May 2021

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This article discusses the roles of international institutions in international environmental governance and presents international institutions as exercising public powers within this framework. Conceptualising international institutions in this manner carries with it the normative postulation that they are exercising delegated powers that should be subject to limitations and to the requirement of accountability. First, the article provides an overview of, and the linkages between, different international institutions. It then considers two distinct roles of international institutions: their roles in normative development and in decision making in individual situations, with the latter focusing on decisions taken in the selection of projects for funding and in compliance procedures. Finally, the article examines the public law character of international environmental law and the characterisation of the framework of global environmental governance.

Keywords: international institutions, international environmental governance, public powers, normative development, decision making, funding, compliance, international environmental law

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