1 Assistant Prof., Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Mazandaran, Babolsar, Iran

2 Associate Prof., Department of Public and International Law, Faculty of Law and Political Science, Tehran, Iran


The concept of “Common Concerns of Humankind” has emerged in the context of international environmental law in the 1990s. It was set forth in order to find a way to deal with global environmental challenges as well as to address disputes arising between States over the concept of “Common Heritage of Humanity”. Then, the concept went beyond its original contexts, namely biodiversity and climate change, and led to other instances of common concerns to be discussed. In this article, while recognizing the scope and elements of Common Concerns of Humankind, the position of this concept in international law, especially in the framework of the basic principles of international environmental law and the erga omnes obligations, will be examined.


  1. 1. فارسی

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    ب) مقالات

    2. انگلیسی

    A) Books

    B) Articles

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    C) Documents and Cases

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    7. ICJ, Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening) Judgment of 31 March 2014, Dissenting Opinion of Judge Cançado Trindade.
    8. International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Draft InternationalCovenant on Environment and Development (2004).
    9. ITLOS, Responsibilities and Obligations of States Sponsoring Persons and Entities with respect toActivities in the Area (Advisory Opinion) (International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea,Seabed Disputes Chamber, Case No 17, 1 February 2011.

    10. Paris Agreement, twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, C.N.63.2016.TREATIES-XXVII.7.d, (12 December 2015).

    11.Report of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) [Agenda 21], UN Doc A/CONF.151/26 (1992).

    12.Report of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), vol I, ch 1, annex I, ‘RioDeclaration on Environment and Development’ [RioDeclaration], UN Doc A/CONF.151/26 (1992), 31 ILM 874, (1992).

    13.Report of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, UN Doc E/73/II.A/14 (1972), 11 ILM 1416, 1419 (1972).

    14.United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 31 I.L.M. 849, 851(9 May 1992).