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International environmental law as a complex adaptive system

Kim, Rak; Mackey, Brendan


Complex adaptive systems are a special kind of self-organizing system with emergent properties and adaptive capacity in response to changing external conditions. In this article, we investigate the proposition that international environmental law, as a network of treaties and institutions, exhibits some key characteristics of a complex adaptive system. This proposition is premised on the scientific understanding that the Earth system displays properties of a complex adaptive system. If so,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics
DOI: 10.1007/s10784-013-9225-2


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