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Understanding Environmental Law

Understanding Environmental Law
ISBN:  9781847030306
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Publication Date:  09 May 2008
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Paperback
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This guide is an indispensable, straightforward and lucid overview of environmental law, which:
  • Goes beyond the traditional “black letter” exposition to offer a wider contextual understanding of the subject
  • Discusses the key issues concerning human society and the environment
  • Covers the continuing challenges for environmental law and environmental lawyers
  • Examines the substantive law, addressing both public law and private law approaches, and in particular the nature and problems of environmental regulation
  • Looks at the 'bigger issues' of universal concern including those of securing sustainability, and related questions of justice
  • Includes relevant key case law and statutory developments


Introduction: the task of understanding environmental law
  • Law and the environment
  • Why 'environmental law'
  • The human environment and legal jurisdiction
  • Trade law and the environment
Society's responses to environmental threats
  • The nature and impacts of environmental harm
  • The environment and the political economy
  • Environmental ethics
  • Environmental values and law
Representing the environment
  • The problem of representation
  • Private law remedies
  • Human rights and the environment
  • Rights limitations and regulatory dominance
Legal regulation and the environment
  • Public control through regulation
  • UK environmental regulation and compliance
  • Community environmental law
  • Enforcement of environmental regulation
Environmental regulation: applications, alternatives and challenges
  • Regimes for environmental regulation
  • Alternative regulatory mechanisms
  • Regulation and the assertion of individual rights
  • Regulatory decisions and judicial review
Law and environmental risk
  • Law, science and dealing with uncertainty
  • The precautionary principle
  • Law, risk and GMOs
  • Resolving problems of risk
Law and a sustainable future
  • Sustainability and sustainable development
  • Developing a principles-based jurisprudence
  • Reforming traditional law: sustainability and corporate enterprise
  • Human dignity and environmental justice
  • Law's role in addressing climate change
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