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It is contended here that these new developments in international environmental law have also contributed to the dynamism experienced by environmental rules. One of these efforts is the intensification of NGO participation in the lawmaking process. This has been described as a positive step toward more participation by transnational civil society in international law. In the European context, for example, the beneficial effects of broader participation in law- 25 In this connection, mention should be made of constitutional developments in some domestic legal systems which give international law, in particular international treaties, direct effect and supremacy over national legislation.
However, it is not always easy to grasp its normative content and its practical implications. 1 The 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development recognizes this element of integration of environmental and developmental aspects, particularly in Principles 3 and 4: 1 The concept was propounded by the World Commission on Environment and Development (WECD), which defined it as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’: Our Common Future (Oxford, 1987), p.
Het points out that the modern practice of decision-making by consensus, which has become the guiding principle at inter-govermental meetings, barely disguises the fact the power rather than the equality of states still rules in international rulemaking, especially in the field of international environmental law. The pursuit of sustainable development, also through international law, is not just a matter of inter-State co-operation but also requires the involvement of intergovernmental organisations, peoples and individuals, industrial concerns and other non-governmental organisations.