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Precautionary Principle

Definition

If a nation’s actions pose a potential threat to the environment, the nation has a duty to implement precautionary measures to prevent such harm, even if scientific research is not certain about the activities’ negative environmental impact.

Related Rules


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Argentina v. Uruguay (Case Concerning Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay)


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New Zealand and Australia v. Japan (Southern Bluefin Tuna Cases)


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Responsibilities and Obligations of States with Respect to Activities in the Area