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Basel Protocol on Liability and Compensation for Damage Resulting from Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal

Document type
Multilateral
Field of application
Global
Date
Dec 10, 1999
Source
IUCN (ID: TRE-001341)
Title (French)

Protocole de Bâle sur la responsabilité et l'indemnisation en cas de dommages résultant de mouvements transfrontières et de l'élimination de déchets dangereux

Place of adoption
Basel
Depository
UN United Nations
Language
Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
Subject
Waste & hazardous substances
Keyword
Transport/storage Legal proceedings/administrative proceedings Technology transfer PIC-prior informed consent Dispute settlement Waste disposal Enforcement/compliance Data collection/reporting Transboundary movement of waste Offences/penalties Pollution control Recycling/reuse Waste management Hazardous waste Liability/compensation
Abstract

Objective: To provide for a comprehensive regime for liability and for adequate and prompt compensation for damage resulting from the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes and other wastes and their disposal including illegal traffic in those wastes.

Summary of provisions: Damage is defined under article 2 and includes the costs of measures of reinstatement of the impaired environment, limited to the costs of measures actually taken or to be undertaken. Article 3 specifies the scope of application of the Protocol. Strict liability for damage rest on the person who notifies in accordance to Article 6 of the Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal until the disposer has taken possession of the wastes. Thereafter the disposer is to be liable (art. 4). Where compensation under the Protocol does not cover costs of damage, additional and supplementary measures aimed at ensuring adequate and prompt compensation may be taken using existing mechanisms (art. 15). Articles 18 to 21 develop the applicable procedures regarding inter alia competent courts and applicable law.

Institutional mechanisms: A Meeting of the Parties is established (art. 24). The Secretariat of the Convention is given specific duties relating to the Protocol (art. 25)

(Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005)

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