The international legal regime relating to natural resources is complex and multi-dimensional. It is found in many places, based on doctrines of public international law, regional and local laws as well specific treaty obligations. It is also a dynamic area of international law as changes in technology and environmental awareness of the impact of such developments have led to further changes in legal regime.Concepts in Natural Resources Law: Biodiversity, Human Rights and Trade intersects and supports the study of other disciplines including international environmental law, energy law, as well as international investment law and international economic law. This unit examines International Natural Resources Law broadly from the perspectives of biodiversity, human rights and trade. Emphasis is placed on utilisation, development and sustainability. Specific topics include the conservation and utilisation of biodiversity, management of the polar regions, human rights, privatisation and the trade in environmental goods and services. The impact of globalisation and international legal rules on activities in the natural resources sector will be explored throughout the unit.
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