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The “Common but Differentiated Responsibility” viewed as a soft law instrument and its reflection in some international environmental acts

Author(s): Ruxandra M. Petrescu-Mag | Dan Vârban | Marian Proorocu | Laura Paulette | Tania Mihăiescu | I. Valentin Petrescu-Mag

Journal: Advances in Environmental Sciences
ISSN 2066-7620

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 10;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: responsability | law | environment | principle

The principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibility (CBDR) has emerged as aprinciple of International Environmental Law. CBDR is a guiding principle of international cooperationand solidarity. The paper argues soft law character of this principle, therefore the CBDR does notrepresent a legal obligation, but it has provided the legal and philosophical basis for the existing legalobligations including the instruments designed to achieve various objectives through internationalenvironmental acts, facilitating the initial agreement in certain areas that are difficult to be accepted,being more flexible in making States to accept changes.
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