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   (tIs             CHINESE  JOURNAL  OF ENVIRONMENTAL

 BRILL                         LAW  2 (2018) 1-3                    C  J E  L
NIJIHOFF                                                            brill.com/cjel



Editorial



One  year on, the need for the Chinese Journal of Environmental  Law  appears
clearer than ever. Environmental  law is developing quickly around the world,
including in Asia. Increasing awareness of environmental  problems  produces
more  pressure to address  environmental  issues, which in turn is driving the
emergence   of new principles and concepts as a basis for new laws and policies.
   Since the last issue of our Journal, two international courts have adopted
important  decisions. The International Court of Justice decided that the obli-
gation of a State responsible for an internationally wrongful act to make repa-
ration to the injured State extends to environmental  damage   and  adopted  a
methodology   for the assessment of compensation  due for such damage.' A few
days later, the Inter-American Court of Human  Rights recognized the right to a
healthy environment   and, as a corollary, the human rights obligation of States
to protect the environment.2
   Treaties and other  international instruments  related to the environment
have also been  developing. In March   2018, Latin American  States adopted  a
regional agreement  on  access to information in Escazil, Costa Rica.3 Further,
under  the UN  Framework   Convention  on Climate Change,  States participated


i  Certain Activities Carried Out by Nicaragua in the Border Area (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)
   and Construction of a Road in Costa Rica along the San Juan River (Nicaragua v. Costa
   Rica), judgment on Compensation owed by the Republic of Nicaragua to the Republic
   of Costa Rica  of 2 February 2018 <http://www.icj-cij.org/files/case-related/150/150-
   20180202-JUD-o1-oo-EN.pdf>. See generally Diane DESIERTO, 'Environmental Damages,
   Environmental Reparations, and the Right to a Healthy Environment: The ycj Compensation
   Judgment in Costa Rica v. Nicaragua and the IACtHR Advisory Opinion on Marine
   Protection for the Greater Caribbean' EJIL Talk (14 February 2018) <https://www.ejiltalk
   .org/environmental-damages-environmental-reparations-and-the-right-to-a-healthy-
   environment-the-icj-compensation-judgment-in-costa-rica-v-nicaragua-and-the-iacthr-
   advisory-opinion-on-marine-protection/#more-15889>-
2  Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Advisory Opinion OC-23/17 (7 February 2018)
   <https://www.elaw.org/system/files/attachments/publicresource/seriea_23_esp.pdf> accessed
   6 May 2018 (Spanish only).
3  Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in
   Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (4 March 2018) LC/CNPio-9/5
   <http://www.accessinitiative.org/sites/default/files/regional-agreement-on-accessto-
   information-_costa rica.pdf> accessed 23 April 2018, not yet entered into force.


©  BENOIT MAYER, BEN BOER, AND QIN TIANBAO, 2018  DOI:10.1163/24686042-12340019
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publication.

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