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A binding rule or body of rules prescribed by the government of a sovereign state that holds force throughout the regions and territories within the government's dominion. (Source: GEMET/RHW). In the context of international law a State party to an international treaty must ensure that its own domestic law and practice are consistent with what is required by the treaty. (Source: drafted)


Alternative labels:
basic legal obligation
domestic law
legal framework
national legislation
regulatory framework
subnational legislation
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droit national
национальное законодательство
derecho interno
القانون الوطني

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Multilateral environment agreements tagged with national law

You can see below a list of multilateral environment agreements. Use the links on the right to view the content tagged with national law. This includes official treaty texts, decisions, recommendations, and other related informational documents such as publications, annuals, meetings, documents or reports.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Basel Convention
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Convention on Migratory Species
Stockholm Convention
Montreal Protocol
Cartagena Protocol
Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds
International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
World Heritage Convention
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Rotterdam Convention
Barcelona Convention
Prevention and Emergency Protocol
Specially Protected Areas and Biodiversity Protocol
Offshore Protocol
Hazardous Wastes Protocol
Aarhus Convention
Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution
Espoo Convention
Noumea Convention
Jeddah Convention
Bamako Convention
Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas
United Nations Environment Assembly
ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution
Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol


Compliance under biodiversity - related conventions - CITES