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Selin H. (2014), Global environmental law and treaty-making on hazardous substances: the Minamata Convention and mercury abatement, Global Environmental Politics, 14:1, p.1-19. 
Abstract: In global environmental cooperation, legally binding agreements remain a customary way for states to set common goals and standards. This article analyzes the Minamata Convention on Mercury by addressing three questions: First, how did linkages to earlier agreements shape the negotiations? Second, what were the main legal and political issues during the negotiations? Third, what are the major issues moving forward with treaty implementation and mercury abatement? The analysis shows that the decision to start treaty negotiations was influenced by related policy developments on hazardous chemicals as well as differences in national interests. Five sets of issues dominated the negotiations: 1) supply and trade, 2) products and processes, 3) emissions and releases, 4) artisanal and small-scale gold mining, and 5) resources and compliance. The article concludes that future mercury abatement hinges on the parties' ability to move beyond the initial mandates, as the convention may affect decisions by a wide range of public, private, and civil society actors. 

Yang T. (2015), The Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Future of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Environmental Law Reporter, Santa Clara Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1-15.  
Abstract: The 2013 Minamata Convention on Mercury (Convention) is the world’s newest and most ambitious multilateral environmental agreement (MEA). In addition to making a significant step forward in addressing mercury pollution, the Convention also marks a shift in environmental treaty-making. With early acceptance, the U.S. became the first country to join the Convention, suggesting a shift in MEA engagement. U.S. membership in the Convention is a crucial step toward ensuring that the agreement has an effective scope of participation by key countries. At the same time, the Convention’s recognition and incorporation of established environmental practices and regulatory approaches will facilitate the operationalization of treaty commitments. This essay explores these developments and concludes with a discussion of future directions for treaty-making, including the trend toward the creation of comprehensive regulatory systems.