Introduction: Is Contemporary International Environmental Law Based on Science?
Are contemporary international environmental laws based on science? Do international lawmakers give due consideration to the latest findings of environmental and related sciences before promulgating environmental legislation? Do new international rule-making procedures promote what this Book calls as “Science-Based Lawmaking”? Would it be possible to delegate lawmaking powers from the so-called “political bodies” of the international institutions to the “expert bodies” of these institutions? If so, could such delegations lead to more protective regulations for our natural environment? Assuming that it would be possible to give expert bodies lawmaking powers, what would be the appropriate lawmaking procedures on the international level that would allow experts to promulgate regulations, while respecting the democratic governance requirements?