Those who have followed the attempts in Rio de Janeiro, The Hague,
Nairobi, Stockholm, Montreal, Kyoto, Buenos Aires, and Johannesburg
to construct an international law of the environment have witnessed an
intense, active, colorful, fascinating, and often confusing drama. They
may have wondered whether the sometimes circuslike sessions involving
heads of state and indigenous people and observers actually can produce
what they understand to be effective law.