Global Issues—Local Responsibilites

by Miranda S. Wecker, Council on Ocean Law, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


This paper discusses the concrete, day-to-day benefits of international regulations, the specific roles that local officials and interest groups play in developing successful international solutions. A variety of examples illustrate the mutual interplay of international law and local policy. State and local groups influence the acceptance of internationally negotiated solutions; they also directly benefit from the protections afforded under international rules. Even though international solutions mandate added local responsibilities in some instances, localities have begun to appreciate the impact of international law, and no longer see it as distant, abstract, and inconsequential. Similarly, international forums have continued to develop an appreciation for, and draw upon, the hard-won expertise of local officials and interest groups.

Subject Headings: Concrete | Environmental issues | Public policy | Oceanography | Laws | Ecosystems

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