Civic Monitoring for Environmental Law Enforcement

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Civic Monitoring for Environmental Law Enforcement

9781035328697 Edward Elgar Publishing
Anna Berti Suman, Research Fellow in Sustainable Innovation Law, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali - Luiss, Law School, Rome, and former Principal Investigator, The Sensing for Justice Project, The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy
Publication Date: July 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03532 869 7 Extent: c 144 pp
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This book presents a thought-provoking inquiry demonstrating how civic environmental monitoring can support law enforcement. It provides an in-depth analysis of applicable legal frameworks and conventions such as the Aarhus Convention, with an enlightening discussion on the civic right to contribute environmental information.

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This book presents a thought-provoking inquiry demonstrating how civic environmental monitoring can support law enforcement. It provides an in-depth analysis of applicable legal frameworks and conventions such as the Aarhus Convention, with an enlightening discussion on the civic right to contribute environmental information.

Civic Monitoring for Environmental Law Enforcement discusses multi- and interdisciplinary research into how civil society uses monitoring techniques to gather evidence of environmental issues. The book argues that civic monitoring is a constructive approach for finding evidence of environmental wrongdoings and for leveraging this evidence in different institutional fora, including judicial proceedings and official reporting for environmental protection agencies. It also reveals the challenges and implications associated with a greater reliance on civic monitoring practices by institutions and society at large.

Adopting original methodological approaches to drive inspiration for further research, this book is an invaluable resource for students and scholars of environmental governance and regulation, environmental law, politics and policy, and science and technology studies. It is also beneficial to civil society actors, civic initiatives, legal practitioners, and policymakers working in institutions engaged in the application of environmental law.
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‘Through empirical work and comparative exploration of legal frameworks and societal dynamics, this book illustrates why the insights and experiences of ordinary citizens regarding environmental degradation should achieve legal significance, and how it would contribute to the achievement of environmental justice.’
– Tomaso Ferrando, Faculty of Law, University of Antwerp, Belgium

‘This influential book pioneers a much-needed dialogue between legal advocacy in environmental activism and the emerging citizen science practice of civic monitoring. It is a must-read for anyone willing to future-proof legal and governance dynamics in matters of public concern, and for those seeking to revitalize citizen participation in the datafied society.’
– Stefania Milan, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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