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The ten years following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio de Janeiro, 1992) have been years of intense activity in the reform of national and international laws. Over the last decade, sustainable development has become a universal watchword, and a major catalyst for the reorientation of legal texts. Profound legal changes have been triggered by the transformation of socialist economies and the accelerating globalization of trade and economy. At the same time, there has been a resurgent recognition of law’s critical role in achieving development and environmental objectives and in supporting good governance. This book reviews the important changes that have occurred over the last decade in food, agriculture and natural resources law. It is a collaborative effort of the FAO Legal Office, reflecting its experience in providing advice to governments and intergovernmental bodies in the preparation of laws and treaties. International and national law are addressed together in chapters organized around the major subjects within FAO’s mandate.

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