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Environmental Law for Sustainability

Edited By: BJ Richardson and S Wood

Hart Publishing Ltd

Paperback | Dec 2006 | #170929 | ISBN: 1841135445
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This volume of new essays presents critical new scholarship on law for sustainable development. Its contributors provide international and comparative perspectives on the current state of environmental law and its future directions. Aimed at both students and scholars in law and other social sciences, it goes beyond conventional descriptions of environmental law and policy to a theoretical and interdisciplinary analysis of the role of law in sustainable development. Starting from the premise that ecological sustainability requires environmental law systems to be sensitive to a wide array of institutional, social and economic issues and to emerging forms of environmental governance beyond conventional legal regulation, the book explores: future directions in command regulation; changing forms of public administration; risk assessment and precautionary regulation; ecological justice; public participation in environmental decision-making; indigenous peoples and the environment; industry self-regulation; economic instruments; sustainable finance; the state of international environmental law; and environmental law in developing countries.

[this] book takes a refreshing look at environmental law in the context of sustainability, focusing on rigorous analysis and reflective consideration of the topics made relevant across jurisdictions...It will be...stimulating to established scholars in this area, but also those coming to the subject for the first time...the intellectually challenging approach, combined with a most reasonable price tag, mean that this book should easily earn a place in all environmental law libraries.Anne-Michelle SlaterEnvironmental Law ReviewVolume 9 (1) (2007)This is a remarkable book, not only for its critical analysis of the law for sustainable development, but for the fact that it is, in this reviewer's knowledge, the only book suitable for scholars and students alike that undertakes a comprehensive, comparative approach to unraveling the complexities of the law for sustainable development in a manner that does not leave the reader wallowing in a state of confusion and uncertainty...This will be a useful reference for specialist topics, such as Indigenous Peoples, law and the environment and public participation in environmental decision-making as well as being suitable as a text in a foundation environmental law course...this book does an excellent job of covering the broad landscape of environmental law for sustainability and it is highly recommended.Michael Jeffery, QCMacquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Lawvolume 3, (2006)a collection of thought-provoking and condensed essays, addressing some of the key roles of environmental law from the viewpoint of diverse scholarsI can fully recommend this book to students, fellow academics, practitioners and government officials.Prue TaylorNew Zealand Journal of Environmental Law2006the book is remarkable for achieving coherence and unity in a work of such diversity and complexity. If Environmental Law for Sustainability was the only environmental law book a newcomer to the area had read, he or she would come away with considerable historic and general knowledge, as well as deep and insightful critiques on detailed and complex questions that are at the forefront of current issues facing law and sustainabilitya unique and very useful tool, not only for students taking their first steps on the path of sustainability law, but for well-seasoned travellers as well.Heather Mcleod-KilmurrayOsgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol 45, No 1April 2007The book's main appeal rests in its critique of both traditional and emerging areas of environmental law, and its ability to offer a truly interdisciplinary perspectiveits mixture of clear overviews of the current state of the law and critical debates makes it a stimulating read for both expert researchers and students new to the field.Kelvin CheungELFlineJanuary 2007[This] is a fascinating book. It addresses some of the most topical issues in international environmental law and policy, and does so informatively and interestingly a stimulating and valuable contribution to the discourse on the interrelationship between environmental law and sustainability.Kate MilesReview of European Community and International Environmental Law, Volume 15, No 3, 2006It demonstrates the variety of the concept and provides substantial propositions for further discourse and research.Eike Michael FrenzelEuropean Public LawVolume 14, Issue 1, 2008

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Benjamin J. Richardson is a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto.Stepan Wood is a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto.

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