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Edited by Paul Martin and Amanda Kennedy, University of New England, Armidale NSW, Australia

'The effective implementation as distinct from the enforcement of environmental laws depends upon a range of discrete factors. These include institutional, cultural, social, economic, political as well as traditional legal influences and perspectives. This series of essays explains and analyses the theoretical underpinnings of the relationship between all of these factors and the methodology appropriate to determining in practice whether environmental laws are being implemented so that their objectives are being achieved. This involves a review of the growing theoretical literature and a discussion of a significant number of examples, international, regional, national and local, which assess the extent of effective implementation of the relevant legal rules. The strength of these essays is two fold: the depth of the theoretical discourse and the breadth of the indicative practical examples. These essays will add considerable grist to the intellectual mill of those interested in the perception of environmental governance as an emerging global system.'

– Douglas Fisher, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

This insightful book explores why implementation of environmental law is too often ineffective in achieving effective environmental governance. It provides careful analysis and innovative proposals to help improve the practical effectiveness of legal instruments for environmental governance.

A growing number of organisations including the IUCN, UNEP and the Organisation of American States have voiced concerns that legal instruments that were developed to pursue more convincing environmental governance over the last 40 years are not creating a sufficiently potent system of environmental governance. In response to this challenge, this timely book explores how to bridge the significant implementation gap between the objectives of environmental law and the real-world outcomes of its application. Expert contributors discuss different forms of law, from international conventions down to inter-parties agreements, and non-government codes and standards. The overarching discussion highlights the diverse factors that impact upon implementing environmental law in practice, and considers the limitations and opportunities for constructive innovation in legal governance.

Contributors include: R. Bartel, A.K. Butzel, D. Craig, J. de L. De Cendra, M. Doelle, J. Gooch, W.S. Gumley, C. Holley, T. Howard, W. Lahey, A. Lawson, E. Lees, P. Martin, M. Masterton, P. Noble, R. Ottinger, R.O. Omondi, L. Paddock, J.L. Parker, G. Pink, A. Rieu-Clarke, N.A. Robinson, G. Rose, T.L Rucinski, S. Teles Da Silva, R.R. Valova, X. Wang, M.E. Wieder

ISBN and details > August 2015  c 384 pp :

  • Hardback  978 1 78347 929 0   £95.00 
  • Paperback $45.00
  • eBook 978 1 78347 931 3 $42.21 2015

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