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EU Environmental Law

Geert Van Calster, Professor, KU Leuven, Belgium, Monash University, Australia and King’s College London, UK, and Member of the Bar of Belgium and Leonie Reins, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of International and European Law and Senior Member, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium
EU Environmental Law discusses the reality for legal practice throughout the EU, as environmental law of the Member States is becoming ever less 'national'. Consequentially European environmental regulation is becoming more complex and interrelated, making it an emerging field of study for European law graduates, and an area of increasing exposure to the legal profession. This book gives readers a thorough overview of core European environmental law, with a section on the basic framework and principles, as well as on substantive law issues giving insight into the legislation in the different sectors and the most topical developments.
Extent: 384 pp
Hardback Price: $155.00 Web: $139.50
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78254 917 8
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  • Environment
  • Environmental Law
  • Law - Academic
  • Environmental Law
  • European Law
This highly accessible book gives readers a thorough and nuanced overview of European environmental law, covering on the basic framework and principles as well as substantive law. It provides much-needed insight into a crucial area of legal practice throughout the EU; at a time when environmental law in Member States is becoming ever less 'national' and EU regulation is growing in scope and importance. The book provides state-of-the-art insights into key pieces of legislation and topical developments in various areas of environmental regulation.

The first part offers a succinct overview of the framework of European environmental law and the fundamental principles that govern it. This part covers the creation, implementation and enforcement of environmental regulations and includes dedicated chapters on in particular environmental impact assessment and environmental liability. The chapters in the second part offer in-depth analysis of the substantive law in key areas, including biodiversity, air quality, waste and chemicals regulation, and climate change.

European environmental regulation is becoming more complex and interrelated, making it a crucial field of study for European law graduates and an area of increasing exposure to the legal profession and in industry. This much-needed book combines detailed legal analysis with a concise and accessible style, making it an ideal companion for students, academics and professionals alike.
‘While EU environmental law is becoming increasingly complex, this book provides an essential guide to the still growing body of rules and case law. With easily accessible and concise discussions of core topics such as principles, competences, implementation and trade, and various substantive matters including water, nature and climate protection, this book is recommendable to everyone who wants to get a quick but thorough insight into the history and current state of affairs of the body of EU environmental law.’
– Marjan Peeters, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

‘Within the EU, environmental law has been harmonized almost entirely. EU environmental law, however, does not only dominate national environmental policies and law within the EU member states. It also has a global impact. As EU environmental law is considered to be both innovative and effective, it is often reviewed by policymakers around the world, as well as businesses that are active on global markets. This brilliant book provides an accessible, yet comprehensive and up-to-date overview of EU environmental law.’
– Jonathan Verschuuren, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
Contents: 1. Setting the context PART I BASICS/FRAMEWORK OF EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 2. Principles of European Environmental Law 3. Environmental law making in the EU 4: Implementation and enforcement 5. Public Participatory Rights 6. Additional tools in implementing European Environmental Law 7. Environmental and Strategic Impact Assessments 8. Environmental Liability and Environmental Crime 9. State Aid and Competition Law PART II SUBSTANTIVE LEGISLATION 10. Biodiversity and Nature Conservation 11. Water protection legislation and policy 12. Noise pollution legislation and policy 13. Air pollution legislation and policy 14. Climate Change legislation and policy 15. Waste legislation and policy 16. Chemicals legislation and policy 17. Trade and the Environment Index