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Sustainable Commodity Use

Its Governance, Legal Framework, and Future Regulatory Instruments

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  • Provides conceptual clarity with regard to the transnational legal framework of commodity use
  • Illustrates the operation of sustainable development as a legal concept in the context of commodity activities
  • Analyses over 250 international agreements guidance documents and standards
  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: European Yearbook of International Economic Law (EUROYEAR, volume 21)

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Table of contents (6 chapters)


About this book

This open access book examines the governance and legal landscape of the global commodity sector. For that purpose, the author conceptualises both Global Commodity Governance (GCG) as well as Transnational Commodity Law (TCL). He defines the key terms of Global Commodity Governance, delineates the underlying legal framework of Transnational Commodity Law, and assesses the effectiveness of Transnational Commodity Law in fostering a functional commodity sector.

“Sustainable Commodity Use” is based on a comprehensive analysis of over 250 international agreements, standards, and guiding documents. The author distils the main findings into a conceptualisation of Transnational Commodity Law and provides the reader with a succinct overview of its normative configurations as well as regulatory gaps. Moreover, he elaborates a taxonomy of International Commodity Agreements. In addition, an outline of the normative substance of Transnational Commodity Law features in an appendix to the main text.

The author concludes by making concrete suggestions on how rules regulating commodity activities de lege ferenda could and should be designed to improve the effectiveness of law regulating transnational commodity activity. In doing so, he demonstrates the application of the sustainable use principle as the overall objective and purpose of Transnational Commodity Law and discusses International Commodity Agreements as future regulatory instruments.

This book may assist lawmakers, practitioners, civil society advocates, and academics worldwide in developing a legal framework for sustainable global commodity activity.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Berlin, Germany

    Maximilian Eduard Oehl

About the author

Maximilian Oehl is a practising attorney in renewable energies and sustainability law in Berlin. He completed his Second State Examination at the Berlin Court of Appeal in 2021 and holds a PhD from the University of Lausanne (2020). His doctoral dissertation was honoured with the Lausanne faculty award. Prior to that, he studied German Law with a specialization in European and international law at the University of Cologne (Mag. iur. 2014) and international law at the Graduate Institute in Geneva (LL.M. 2016). During his PhD research, he was a visiting scholar at Berkeley Law School (academic year of 2016/2017). His work was supported through scholarships of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the German National Academic Excellence Foundation. Furthermore, he acted as a Member of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on the Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development. Maximilian Oehl has published several academicworks on the legal implications of natural resource and commodity governance.

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