The Impact of Environmental Law


The Impact of Environmental Law

Stories of the World We Want

9781803920122 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio, University of Cebu, Philippines, Elizabeth A. Kirk, Professor Emerita, School of Law, University of Lincoln, UK and Jessica Steinberg Albin, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University, US
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80392 012 2 Extent: 192 pp
This cutting-edge book invites readers to rethink environmental law and its critical role in ensuring a sustainable future for all. Illustrating narratives of successful developments in environmental law, contributors draw out key lessons and practices for effective reform and highlight opportunities by which we can respond to environmental challenges facing the planet.

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This cutting-edge book invites readers to rethink environmental law and its critical role in ensuring a sustainable future for all. Featuring international narratives, it demonstrates how environmental law can be a potent tool to secure multi-actor engagement, to improve ocean governance and to usher in effective policy reforms.

Contributors illustrate narratives of successful historic and contemporary developments in environmental law, setting out innovative approaches to issues such as environmental enforcement and monitoring, effective forest protection, climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Drawing out key lessons and practices for effective reform, this insightful book highlights opportunities by which we can respond to the acute environmental challenges facing the planet.

Bringing together perspectives from both established and up-and-coming scholars, this book will be of interest to academics and students of environmental law, as well as researchers of environmental management. Policy makers and practitioners will also find inspiration in fruitful stories of environmental law and policy reform.
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‘This volume presents an illuminating collection of case studies in environmental law and governance that could provide valuable inspiration to jurisdictions across the world.’
– Daria Shapovalova, Edinburgh Law Review

‘This uplifting compilation of environmental law success stories from all over the world offers hope, guidance, and inspiration – a welcome antidote to the paralyzing despair that pervades so many conversations about our increasingly damaged planet.’
– Carmen G. Gonzalez, Seattle University School of Law, US
Contributors: T.N. Adimazoya, T. Daya-Winterbottom, R.-L. Eisma-Osorio, D. Estrin, A. Foerster, E.A. Kirk, Y. Lin, L. Lin Heng, A. Oposa, Jr. R.V. Percival, F.-K. Phillips, A. Pickering, N.A. Robinson, J. Steinberg-Albin
List of contributors vi
Foreword: Changing the Story by Antonio Oposa, Jr. viii
Acknowledgements x

1 Introduction: the need to rethink environmental laws 1
Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio, Elizabeth A. Kirk and Jessica Steinberg Albin
2 Getting the lead out: the phase-out of gasoline lead additives – a global environmental success story 8
Robert V. Percival
3 Caring for our oceans and their biodiversity 30
Trevor Daya-Winterbottom
4 The Charter of the Forest: evolving human rights in nature 54
Nicholas A. Robinson
5 Implementation of obligations for wetland and waterfowl conservation under the Ramsar Convention: lessons and options at the Sakumo Lagoon, Ghana 75
David Estrin, Freedom-Kai Phillips and Theodore Nsoe
6 Ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in law and policy: prospects for transformative flood risk management in Australia 100
Anita Foerster
7 Public housing in Singapore: a success story in sustainable development 128
Lye Lin-Heng
8 A perfect storm: how China’s Taizhou case marks the beginning of a new era of environmental enforcement 154
Amy Pickering and Yanmei Lin

Index 174
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