Mr. Ward explores the legal nature of the Convention on Biological Diversity by examining patterns in the development of international law. He considers two categories of global agreements: (1) novel issues agreements and (2) general principles agreements. The article defines these two types of agreements and then considers whether the Convention addresses a novel issue in conservation law. Mr. Ward argues that the Convention is instead a general principles agreement that marks a new development in international law. The article concludes by exploring how the Convention may influence the further evolution of the law of sustainable development.
W. Robert Ward,
Man or Beast: The Convention on Biological Diversity and The Emerging Law of Sustainable Development,
28 Vanderbilt Law Review
Available at: https://scholarship.law.vanderbilt.edu/vjtl/vol28/iss4/10