Human beings have struggled with transboundary environmental harm from the dawn of civilization. This is no hyperbole-the earliest recorded treaty resolved a dispute over diversions from a river that ran between two Mesopotamian city-states. Over five thousand years later, countries are still coping with environmental effects that spill across borders. One recent response to this problem is transboundary environmental impact assessment (EIA).
Charles M. Kersten,
Rethinking Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment,
Yale J. Int'l L.
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