International treaties usually begin with a preamble, often followed by defmitions. So too does the Kyoto Protocol. Although these are standard elements of international law, neither the preamble nor the definitions in the Protocol create specific obligations and thus they will have limited impact on the development of the regime. Neither provision caused major disputes during the negotiations and the text was agreed early on in Kyoto. The following Chapter is confined to a brief analysis of the content of these introductory elements of the Kyoto Protocol.
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