International Management of Hazardous Wastes: The Basel Convention and Related Legal Rules

Paperback | January 6, 2000

byKatharina Kummer

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The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal celebrates its tenth anniversary in 1999. As the only treaty addressing international transfer and environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes at the global level, the BaselConvention has gained universal recognition as the key legal instrument in this field. The anniversary presents an opportunity to assess its evolution , and to consider challenges for the future. Other existing relevant legal instruments have also evolved further, and new ones have been adopted. This book analyses the relationship of the Basel Convention with other pertinent legal rules, and proposes means to form a comprehensive global regulatory regime for hazardous waste management on the basis of the Convention. Since the book was first published, a number of important developments havetaken place. Chief among these is the adoption of an amendment to the Basel Convention which provides for a ban on exports of hazardous wastes from OECD to non OECD countries. A tendency to impose similar restrictions can also be observed in other relevant legal instruments. The introduction to thisbook has therefore been revised by way of a substantial new preface to give an overview of the important developments since 1994, and their impact on the overall analysis.

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The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal celebrates its tenth anniversary in 1999. As the only treaty addressing international transfer and environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes at the global level, the BaselConvention has gained universal recognition as the ke...

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Uncontrolled transboundary transfer of hazardous wastes was recognized as a major environmental problem in the mid-1980's and it continues to be one of the most serious environmental issues we face at the end of this century. The international community has responded by elaborating pertinent international agreements. Treaties are now i...

Dr Katharina Kummer Head of Section, Environmental Affairs, in the Political Directorate of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Format:PaperbackPublished:January 6, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198298277

ISBN - 13:9780198298274

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Table of Contents

AbbreviationsForewordTable of CasesTable of Legal Instruments of the EU and OECDTable of Treaties and other International Legal InstrumentsPrefaceIntroduction1. Transboundary Movements of Hazardous wastes in International Law2. The Basel Convention: an Analysis and Assessment3. The Basel Convention as an Umbrella for Regional Hazardous waste Treaties4. The Relationship Between the Basel Convention and the Waste Management Systems of the EU and the OECD5. The Basel Regime and Sectoral Pollution Control treaties6. Ensuring Compliance: Relevant Concepts and Mechanisms7. The Contribution of the Basel Convention and Related Rules to an Emerging Global aste Management SystemAppendicesBibliographyIndex

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`A worthy addition to the Oxford Monographs in International Law series ... a well-researched and comprehensive reference work.'Nicholas Grief, Scottish Planning and Environmental Law, Aug 99 , no 74