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EU Environmental Principles and Scientific Uncertainty before National Courts: The Case of the Habitats Directive

Edited by: Mariolina Eliantonio, Emma Lees, Tiina Paloniitty

ISBN13: 9781509948192
Published: April 2023
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This comparative book explores the dynamics driving how courts across Europe and beyond understand and analyse scientific information in nature conservation. The Habitats and the Birds Directive-the core of EU nature conservation law-are usually seen as the most 'uniform' parts of EU environmental law. This book analyses the case law from 11 current and former EU Member States' courts and explores the dynamics of how, and crucially why, their understandings of scientific uncertainty on the one hand, and EU environmental principles on the other, vary.

The courts' scope and depth of review, access to scientific knowledge, and scientific literacy all influence such decisions-as does their interpretation of norms and principles. How have the courts evaluated scientific evidence, encompassing its essential uncertainties? This book answers this and many more questions pertinent to EU environmental law, comparative environmental law, administrative law, and STS studies.

Co-edited by experienced leaders in the field, and with outstanding contributors, this book is an essential guide to the dynamics of nature conservation law.

Environmental Law
Part I: Setting the Scene: Courts, Science and Environmental Law
1. 'Science' in Court - The Importance of Specificity
Emma Lees (European University Institute, Italy) and Tiina Paloniitty (University of Helsinki, Finland)
2. The Birds and Habitats Directive and the EIA Directive in EU Law
Augustin Garcia Ureta (University of the Basque Country, Spain)
Part II: Reviewing Science and Law in the Member States' Courts
3. Ireland
Aine Ryall (University College Cork, Ireland)
4. Lithuania
Jurgita Pauzaite-Kulvinskiene (Vilnius University, Lithuania) and Indre Zvaigzdiniene (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
5. England and Wales
Catherine Caine (University of Exeter, UK) and Richard Broadbent (Natural England, UK)
6. The Netherlands
Floor Fleurke (Tilburg University, the Netherlands)
7. Italy
Roberto Caranta (Turin University, Italy)
8. Germany
Wolfgang Koeck (Helmholz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany)
9. Hungary
Katalin Sulyok (Eoetvoes Lorand University, Hungary)
10. Finland
Tiina Paloniitty (University of Helsinki, Finland) and Hanna Nieminen-Finne (Vaasa Administrative Court, Finland)
11. Greece
Konstantinos Gogos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
12. France
Francois-Vivien Guiot (University of Pau, France)
13. Romania
Dacian Dragos (Babes Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and Bogdana Neamtu (Babes Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
Part III: Broadening the View
14. Biodiversity in the Court: The Certainty of Contests about Uncertainty
Brian J Preston (The New South Wales Land and Environment Court, Australia)
15. The Approach of the CJEU on Science-Intense EU Administrative Law
Mariolina Eliantonio (Maastricht University, the Netherlands) and Michal Krajewski (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
16. Conclusions
Mariolina Eliantonio (Maastricht University, the Netherlands), Emma Lees (European University Institute, Italy) and Tiina Paloniitty (University of Helsinki, Finland)