The role of international law
As this book moves from the previous scientifi c survey onto legal matters, that transition demands that more general issues be considered as a natural lead-in. For example, when are states apt to cooperate to form a multilateral normative regime? Further, what justifi cations are there for the intervention of international law in the issue area of coral reef conservation? After due consideration of these questions, the remainder of the chapter establishes the range of enquiries that have so far been undertaken in this fi eld, as well as some further (legal) limits on the scope of this book.