A vast and diverse body of EU law addresses an enormous range of environmental matters. EU Environmental Law, Governance and Decision-Making examines a number of areas of substantive EU environmental law, focusing on the striking preoccupation of EU environmental law with the structure of decision-making. It highlights the observation that environmental protection and environmental decision-making depend intimately on both detailed, specialised information about the physical state of the world, and on political judgments about values and priorities. It also explores the elaborate mechanisms that attempt to bring these distinctive decision-making resources into EU environmental law in areas including industrial pollution, chemicals regulation, environmental assessment and climate change.
"we have been waiting for a long time now for a definitive legal textbook on all EU environmental law in the English common law tradition of legal writing. Maria Lee's book is on the way to being this texta great book and essential reading for any environmental law student and for anybody else involved in environmental regulation."
- Yvonne Scannel, Journal of Environmental Law, September 2006
"perceptive and stimulating [...] Lee's book should be read by all serious Europeans who study environmental law, and likewise by all those engaged in providing legal commentary or advice [...] if the European project were in sustainably good order then this book would be required reading across the widest range of policy makers and their advisers"
- Mark Stallworthy, Legal Studies, (25)2005
"an extremely important contribution to contemporary scholarship on the development of European environmental law [...] Due to the richness and diversity of material covered, the book will be valuable to environmental law scholars as both a research and teaching aid [...] many of the issues raised by Lee will continue to influence EU environmental law in the decades to come."
- Carolyn Abbot, Modern Law Review, Vol 69, Sept 2006
"Written in an accessible style but without succumbing to simplifications, the book can be warmly recommended to the student with a limited background in EC law, as well as to the experienced readera very readable account of the topics likely to be discussed for several years to come."
- Joakim Zander, Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, Vol 13, No 1, 2006
"Maria Lee invites readers of her very detailed [...] book to take a learned dip into the swirling waters of the challenges facing European environmental decision-making."
- Agence Europe, European Library, October 2005
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Maria Lee is Professor of Law at University College London where she teaches and researches EU Environmental Law.