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date: 21 February 2020

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As scientific and technological research develop in power and capacity to transform humankind and the global environment, public international law is increasingly being called upon to develop new forms of international regulation and governance capable of anticipating, assessing, minimizing, and mitigating the risks posed by emerging or novel technologies, including the risks of their ‘rogue’ deployment by a state or an individual acting unilaterally. This chapter offers an introduction to the possibilities and limitations of international law in responding to these challenges. In particular, it focuses on the role of international law in the regulation of geo- or climate engineering through a case study of the developing international regime for the regulation of ocean fertilization.

Keywords: International Law, Law of the Sea, biotechnology, geoengineering, climate engineering, ocean fertilization, environment

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