Chicago Journal of International Law


In this article, I elaborate on the Anderson and GreweU recommendation by arguing for a test to identify which environmental problems can be handled internally and for a commitment to focus foreign policy on international, not local, environmental problems. I first illustrate how international environmental regulations can cause harm by exploring how the Basel Convention stopped the export of scrap ships to south Asia.2 I then review how federal environmental policies in the United States are imposed as solutions for all manner of local environmental problems and point out that a trend towards centralized environmental policymaking at the international level is likely because the causes of centralized decisionmaking within the United States also exist at an international level. I then outline an economically sound approach to identify environmental problems that can be handled internally and develop a practical definition of such problems. Finally, I make recommendations that might help focus international organizations' involvement in environmental policy development only where local solutions are inappropriate.

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